On the 12th of April 2012 the military in Guinea Bissau carried out a coup d’état, and established a Military Command to lead the country. Following the coup there has been no functional Government. Given population vulnerabilities and weak basic social service provision before the coup, potential humanitarian needs exist.
Some public sector services are functioning at minimal levels including health, prisons and state finances. However others such as the education system are almost completely not functioning. The cashew campaign is improving, but there have been no exports to date. With reduced national income there is a risk of further delays in public sector salaries, following non-payment of salaries in April. Delayed salaries are placing considerable stress on the already weak services.