Plan has been working in Guinea-Bissau since 1995, helping children access their rights to education, health, sanitation and protection.
Our programs benefit more than 21,000 children in 600 communities.
Currently, we are focusing on Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), water and sanitation, and decreasing school drop-out and repetition rates for children (includes providing school supplies, and helping communities build public schools).
Plan's core areas of activity include:
Mother and child healthcare
Water and sanitation
Child protection and participation
3 reasons why your support is so important in Guinea-Bissau
- Around 1 in 8 children die before age 5, mainly due to diseases like diarrhea and malaria
- School buildings, qualified teachers and teaching materials are scarce, and less than 30% of children attend secondary school
- Female genital mutilation and child marriage are widespread
How your support is helping Guinea-Bissau:
Quality basic education
- Increases access to quality basic education for all children, and decreases drop-out and repetition rates
Mother and child health care
- Improves access to quality basic health care in communities, supporting local efforts to expand the depth and use of effective preventive health care, including in the areas of child survival and reproductive health services
Potable water and sanitation
- Supports communities in the construction and rehabilitation of wells and the installation of hand-pumps to help increase access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation services
- Increases child survival rates and draws heavily on community participation, from installation to management and maintenance, helping ensure sustainability
Children’s role in civil society
- Gives children platforms for their voices to be heard and considered in decision making – helping protect their rights and preparing them for civic responsibilities
- Promotes the rights of children, and generates pressure to enforce laws and protect the civil rights of children and women.