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In March 2011, WAHA International and the Guinean Association against Obstetric Fistula (AGFO) established a partnership in order to improve treatment for women suffering from obstetric fistula in Guinea.


Also known as Guinea Conakry in reference to the name of its capital, or simply the Republic of Guinea or French Guinea, Guinea is situated in West Africa. It has a population of 10.3 million, with 71% living in rural areas. (Source: WHO)

The maternal mortality rate is quite high, which is partly explained by a low rate of skilled attendance at delivery, estimates at 38 %. Furthermore, there is a large disparity in access to skilled care between rural and urban areas. (Source: WHO and Measure DHS.)
Source : WHO counrty page of maternal care


WAHA International’s objectives in Guinea are to support maternal and child health, including the three delays during labour – delays in taking the decision to seek care, delays in reaching a health centre and delays in receiving quality care -  and also to treat post-partum injuries such as obstetric fistulas. We will also be implementing other strategies to improve women’s health, notably through projects to improve testing and treatment for breast and cervical cancers.WAHA International will be partnering not only with the Ministry of Public Health but also with NGOs and Guinean universities.

In terms of its partnership with AFGO, WAHA has committed to supporting the organisation in order to improve access to obstetric care for women suffering from obstetric fistula in Guinea. We will be doing this through building capacity within AFGO, contributing to the development of the technical skills of its members, and providing technical documents.

Read our latest update from Guinea