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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:

  • EducationEducation
  • Mother and child healthcareMother and child healthcare
  • Water and sanitationWater and sanitation
  • Child protectionChild 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.

Featured stories:

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Quick facts

Capital Bissau
Population 2 million
Language Portugeuse

Country comparison

Country Guinea-Bissau Canada
People living in poverty 70% 20%
Mortality of children under five 7,000 deaths/yr 5,000 deaths/yr
Life expectancy 50 years 87.25 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in Portuguese

Hello Olá
How are you? Como é que tu estas?
Thank you Obrigado
Goodbye Adeus
Happy Birthday Feliz Anniversario

Where Plan works

Map of Guinea-Bissau

Photos and videos

A community learns how to properly disinfect at a water point, supporting proper hygiene and preventing diseases such as Cholera. Safiato, 13, poses with her new bicycle that helps her get to school. “Without this bicycle, I wouldn’t have been able to continue my studies. I never thought I could even complete grade 4. Thanks to Plan for supporting us,” she said. A young boy shows off his new birth certificate.The initiative has benefited around 30,000 children in more than 25 communities. A Plan-facilitated Village Savings and Loans group holds a meeting. This microfinance project helps improve families' financial capacity and livelihood.