Bata and its surrounding area is home to around 440,000 people. This makes it the most populous city in Equatorial Guinea. It is located on the mainland of Equatorial Guinea on the Atlantic Coast in the province of Litoral.
Even though Bata is no longer the capital city of Equatorial Guinea, it remains an important centre for trade.
Since 1996, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Bata.
Even though Equatorial Guinea is rich in natural resources, especially oil, only few people benefit from it. While the economy boomed in recent years and the country became one of the richest in Africa, access to healthcare services and education continued to worsen. Even though Equatorial Guinea has low debt and is considered a middle-income country because of the oil revenues, the country is plagued by chronic hunger, poor sanitation, a poor education system, disease, and frequent blackouts, among other problems. Around 60% struggle to survive on less than 1$ a day.
One of the greatest difficulties the population of Bata, and Equatorial Guinea as a whole, faces is the dysfunctional health system.
It is marked by insufficient human resources, infrastructure and financial means. For 1000 people there are only 2 hospital beds and 0,4 doctors available.
Additionally, life expectancy remains low at only 59 years, even though the leading causes of death are usually preventable