In a country marked by political turmoil, HI strives to ensure that children with disabilities have access to education.
Group of children in Guinea-Bissau | © C. Acworth / HI
Actions in process
HI has been working in Guinea-Bissau since 2000. The first activities were carried out in the field of functional rehabilitation, the economic inclusion of people with disabilities and the campaign against mines and explosive remnants of war. HI suspended its operations in the country from 2008 - 2014, due to the political unrest and security risks.
From 2015, we resumed our activities in Guinea-Bissau: providing support to civil society, making education more inclusive for children with disabilities and raising awareness about HIV and disability.
Since 2020, HI has been working to ensure access to education for children with disabilities at the national level by supporting the creation of a General Directorate of Inclusive Education.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.
Situation of the country
Guinea-Bissau is one of the poorest countries in the world. Affected by chronic instability, there have been a series of coup d'états in the country over the last twenty years.
The country faces major challenges: malnutrition, a fragile health system, illiteracy ... In 2019, it was estimated that more than 29% of school-age children aged 6 to 16 are out of the school system.
Number of HI staff members: 12
Date the programme opened: 2000