Health & insurance
Guinea is one of the world's poorest and least developed countries and in much of the country the health care system is rudimentary.
You need to be especially careful of what you eat and drink in Guinea as, by any standards, levels of food hygiene and general cleanliness is very low.
Before You Go
- Yellow Fever (obligatory)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal menigitis
- Malaria tablets
- Insect repellent
- Hand disinfectant soap
- Water purifying pills
- Diarrhoea pills
In a nutshell: You'd be very silly to go to Guinea without any health insurance!
Availabilty of Health Care
The health care system in Guinea is dismal. While Conakry has one or two reasonable hospitals, elsewhere facilities are very limited. If you are seriously ill get yourself home as soon as possible. Your embassy will be able to advice on how to do this.
If you have only a minor complaint then there are reasonably well-stocked pharmacies in all major towns and staff should be able to advise.
While Ebola made headlines around the world in 2014 this is not your biggest worry (assuming there's not another outbreak – in which case get out of the country as fast as you can). Malaria and dengue fever are far more likely to strike you down than Ebola. Hepatitis A and E and typhoid are all real risks and can be caught from eating or drinking contaminated food and water.
Malaria is common and dengue fever cases are increasing.
The tap water is not safe to drink. Bottled water is widely available.