April 21, 2011
Ivory Coast 2011 © Peter DiCampo/Pulitzer Center
The medical and humanitarian emergency in Ivory Coast persists as violence rages in several neighborhoods in the city of Abidjan, and security in the west of the country remains critically unstable, with populations hiding in fear in the bush without access to food, water, or medical care. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is deeply concerned for the lives and health of these civilians, whose fear is keeping many of them from seeking critical medical care.
Across the city, critical shortages of medical supplies and drugs are affecting the ability of health facilities to deliver essential treatment. This week, hundreds of people have lined up at 4 a.m. in the morning outside Abobo Sud and Anyama hospitals, desperate to access medical care.
MSF is an impartial medical humanitarian organization and observes strict neutrality in its operations to provide emergency care. Its activities in Ivory Coast are funded exclusively by private donors, ensuring the organization’s complete independence.
© 2013 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)