Why are we there?
- Armed conflict
This is an excerpt from MSF's 2013 International Activity Report:
MSF has closed the last of its emergency programs launched to meet health care needs during the Ivorian post-electoral crisis of 2010–2011.
Overall, the security situation has stabilized and 2013 was declared “the year of health.” However, although there has been an increase in investment in health care, gaps persist, due to a lack of qualified staff and outdated technologies.
Teams from MSF gradually ceased activities that were originally set up to address the needs of people displaced during the 2011 armed conflict. Only the program in Taï, along the border with Liberia, which consisted of support to the Ministry of Health teams in outpatient, pediatric, and maternity services in a 20-bed hospital, continued until the end of March. A total of 27,338 consultations were carried out.
Work undertaken by teams in Duékoué and Abobo during the crisis resulted in a need for lifesaving maternal health care being identified. Women generally deliver their babies at home with traditional birth attendants and without effective emergency obstetric care when there are complications. This results in unnecessary suffering and the death of mothers and babies.
MSF is preparing to open a mother and child health program with the Ministry of Health in Hambol region in 2014. Care will be provided for complicated deliveries, and antenatal and neonatal emergencies at the hospital in Katiola.
At the end of 2013, MSF had 74 staff in Ivory Coast. MSF first worked in the country in 1990.
Charles*, 72 years old
“On Monday 28 March I was at home, because I am old and retired. Armed people came and took me to the big road.
"They laid me down on it, doused me with gasoline, and set me on fire. My foot and my clothes were burnt. Somebody took me to the hospital on his moped the next day.
“Then the rest of my family followed me here. Our home was destroyed, burned down. We don’t have anything left. The harvest has gone. Everything has been ransacked.
“I need to heal my foot. But when I get out of hospital where am I going to go and where am I going to put my family? I’m panicking just thinking about going back to my village.
"I don’t really care who the president is, whether it is Paul or Joe, I just want to be in peace.”
* The patient’s name has been changed.