Why are we there?

  • Armed conflict

Ivory Coast: Latest MSF Updates

Our Work

This is an excerpt from MSF's 2015 International Activity Report:

Due to the increase in maternal mortality rates,[i] MSF works with the Ministry of Health in Côte d’Ivoire to improve maternal and child health.

In Hambol region, around 50 per cent of women give birth at home, and a study undertaken by Epicenter in March 2015 found significant levels of maternal mortality.[ii]

Katiola is the main town in Hambol region and MSF runs a programme in the Centre Hospitalier Régional (CHR) there in partnership with the Ministry of Health. MSF provides resources and technical support, enabling the CHR to operate a high-quality emergency obstetric and neonatal care unit for complicated cases. MSF manages the 20-bed maternity department, three intensive-care beds, two operating theatres and 10 neonatal beds.

In 2015, the facility served as a referral hospital for 98,000 women of child-bearing age, 14,800 pregnant women and 14,000 newborns. Staff managed 755 obstetric emergencies, high-risk pregnancies and complicated births, as well as 600 gynecological emergencies. They also assisted 2,600 births, 374 of which required cesarean sections.

Since May, MSF has been supporting and improving (through the renovation of buildings, medical equipment and staff training) the basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care units in outlying area, in order to ensure that good-quality medical care is more easily accessible for mothers and children. In addition, MSF has been working to improve the management of straightforward deliveries and referrals to Katiola. In the second half of the year, staff in two outlying health centers treated 106 women during obstetric emergencies, high-risk pregnancies or complicated births, as well as 28 gynecological emergencies. They assisted over 400 births, and referred around 50 patients to the maternity unit at Katiola.

[i] From 543/100,000 live births in 2005 to 614/100,000 in 2012 (Enquête Démographie et de Santé et à Indicateurs Multiples de 2011–2012 (EDSCI-III))

[ii] 660/100 000 (Epicenter)


Ivorian Refugees in Liberia—A Certain Fear

At the end of 2015, MSF had 134 staff in Ivory Coast. MSF first worked in the country in 1990.

Patient Story

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.