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Guinea: facts and figures 2011

20-06-2012 Facts and Figures

Activities of the ICRC in Guinea in 2011. Some facts and figures.

People deprived of their freedom

The ICRC:

  • conducted 290 visits to around 30 prisons and transitional places of detention under the authority of the ministries of Justice, Security and Defence;
  • provided nutritional support for 1,000 detainees;
  • assisted 5,406 detainees by means of a disease vector control campaign in most of the country’s prisons.

Medical assistance

The ICRC:

  • helped draw up emergency plans for the Ignace Deen National Hospital and the Camp Samory Touré military hospital;
  • provided training on war surgery for 44 doctors specializing in surgery at the faculty of medicine in Conakry.

Water and habitation

The ICRC:

  • drilled 40 boreholes in 30 villages for 38,000 people who had previously had to travel long distances every day to get water;
  • supported an improvement in the distribution of drinking water for the urban population in Dinguiraye, Pita and Siguiri, benefiting a total of 31,000 people.
  • connected Conakry’s main prison to the sewage system in order to prevent waste water from leaking into the surrounding neighbourhood.

Promotion of international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles

The ICRC:

  • in cooperation with the Guinean authorities, organized 24 IHL awareness-raising sessions for a total of over 1,600 military personnel;
  • in cooperation with the Guinean authorities, organized 12 IHL awareness-raising sessions, reaching over 730 members of the police service and the gendarmerie;
  • organized five IHL dissemination sessions in the universities in Conakry, and an IHL moot court competition in which eight universities took part;
  • organized a conference on Islam and IHL at Conakry’s international school, attended by over 150 students, imams and several members of Guinean religious organizations.

Support for the Red Cross Society of Guinea

The ICRC:

  • supported Guinean Red Cross health operations involving assistance to almost 350 people and the evacuation of some 120 wounded;
  • helped the Guinean Red Cross build two new headquarters, in Lola and Mandiana;
  • supported the participation of two members of the National Society in the 31st international conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.