Guinea Bissau is situated in Western Africa. It
has approximately 1,200,000 inhabitants, 25% of which
reside in the capital Bissau. It is one of the poorest
countries in the world, with a human development index
of 0.297, putting it in 161st place of 174 countries.
Infant mortality in the first year of life is of 139 per
1000 and before the age of 5 nearly 231 per 1000...
A small country that asks for help
Since 1997, the Community of Sant' Egidio has been involved in
From the very first mission we noticed how the situation of the people was
very serious, especially from the health point of view. The Community
decided to take over the management of the "Raoul Follereau" hospital which
specialises in treating pulmonary diseases, in particular tuberculosis, in
order to prevent its closing
June 1998, as a result of inner conflicts in the government,
an armed struggle began between the President, Nino Vieira,
supported by troops from Senegal and Guinea Conakry, and
the chief of General Staff Ansumane Manč, supported by
80% of the national army and a good part of the population...
Rebuilding after the war
hospital was not spared by the conflict: some patients
and members of the staff of the hospital lost their lives
during the evacuation of the more seriously ill patients.
These patients were transferred in the hospital of Cumura
(30 km from Bissau) immediately after...
The new hospital
The hospital occupies an area of approximately 7,500 square meters of which
2,500 are covered. It will have a modern structure with 115 beds subdivided
into approximately 30 rooms. Every room will be equipped with its own
services, large windows and a fan in the ceiling in order to ensure adequate