Humanitarian Health Action

Guinea: managing the emergencies linked to the socio-political conflict

Monthly Highlights - October 2010


The political instability that has plagued Guinea for the last three years has led to regular outburst of protests, strikes and clashes between the various conflicting groups.

Since September 2009, various episodes of violence have killed a reported 171 people and wounded another 2027. Among these 77 cases of sexual violence were reported.

On 7 November, the second round of the presidential election will be held as Guinea is making its transition towards democracy.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Hygiene, WHO is supporting the management of injuries through a crisis-dedicated committee in the Health Cluster. Over the past 12 months, the crisis committee has received US$ 417 205 from the CERF and a further US$ 45 000 from local fund raising activities.

With these funds WHO provided:

  • essential medicines to health structures in cities affected by the violence,
  • supplies to the national blood transfusion centre,
  • financial support to the Guinean Red Cross for first help and referral of injured people,
  • financial support to the NGO WAFRICA for the management of cases of sexual violence.

WHO also prepositioned trauma kits in Conakry and Nzérékoré and supported the organization of an emergency plan for Conakry.

Health Cluster partners are ready and on the alert should violence erupt prior to or following the results of the 24-October elections. Despite the transition towards democracy it is essential to reinforce preparedness and build capacities to minimize the impact of possible renewed outbreaks of violence.

For more information on WHO’s activities in Guinea