Medical care for Guinea’s poor

A clinic for the poor: 100,000 patients per year, for a price of $ 1.30 each.

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The Saint Gabriel clinic lies in the outskirts of Conakry, Guinea’s captial, where 40% of the population lives below the poverty line. Malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition and AIDS wreak havoc here.

After the death Sékou Touré in 1984 and the end of his bloody regime, the new government took steps to improve the country.  One of these was to ask the Archdiocese of Conakry to open a clinic for the poor.  This mission was entrusted to Fidesco, and the Saint Gabriel clinic opened its door in 1987.  A maternity ward was added in 2001.

 

The largest health care center in the country.

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It has sixty employees and 4 Fidesco volunteers.  In 2012, over 100,000 people received care and medicine.   The price, at $ 1.30 for the consultation, all included, is accessible even to the poorest.  1752 babies were delivered.

 

Two priorities:  HIV and Malaria

Following the new recommendations of the WHO recommendations, the clinic established two campaigns last year:

– A program for the prevention of transmission of HIV / AIDS from mother to child in the maternity ward with a specialized center and the support of UNICEF.  In 2012, 240 children were born healthy despite positive mothers

– A new anti-malaria protocol based on systematic testing and treatment with combination therapy. More than 5000 patients, primarily children, benefited in 2012.