The Guinean government commits only 4.7 percent of its total budget to health. Hospitals and clinics operate without electricity or water. There is a shortage of qualified medical professionals, especially in rural areas, and only one children’s hospital in the country.
Inadequate infrastructure, limited resources, poor sanitation and access barriers all contribute to the nation’s high maternal and infant mortality rates. Guinea has designed a plan for the development of health and sanitation but government instability impedes progress.
Read more from Pulitzer Center student fellow Brandice Camara’s project: Guinea: Realities of Maternity Care.