Equatorial Guinea possesses immense oil wealth, yet thousands remain without safe drinking water, causing cholera, dysentery and other waterborne diseases. In this tiny country, 20,000 people are HIV positive and lack of awareness means that thousands more are at risk. Public health is poorly financed, with one doctor typically serving 5,000 people (compared with about one per 350 in the UK). Political turmoil is rife, and UN reports allege that opposition groups face oppression and torture – a claim the president refutes.
Children in Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea’s infant mortality rate is 100 children per 1,000 live births. UK infant mortality for 2011 was 4 out of every 1,000. Although malaria rates are high, only 50% of under-fives afflicted by the disease receive anti-malarial drugs. Waterborne disease kills around 2 in 10 children.
An estimated 45,000 children grow up without their natural parents; around 4,100 have lost their parents to AIDS. The number of child-lead households is growing rapidly, particularly in rural parts. Many households simply cannot afford education for their children. Thousands of children are in bonded or forced labour, and young girls are frequently forced into commercial sex work.
Our Children's Villages in Equatorial Guinea
We began working in Equatorial Guinea in the late 1990s, when a nursery and a primary school were set up in Bata. The community has ten family houses which are home to 100 children.
Aldeas Infantiles SOS Guinea Ecuatorial
Tel: +240/222 553210
Fax: +240/333 082375