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MSF in Ivory Coast, 2002
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Prison health care and nutrition
In the Ivory Coast, MSF has continued to focus on conditions and basic health care in Abidjan's largest prison, the Maison d'ArrÃªt et de Correction d'Abidjan.
In June 2001, MSF denounced the detention conditions in a juvenile observation unit, submitting a report showing that 60% of the health problems experienced by the under-age detainees were due to excessive confinement. Two significant responses have been the ending of constant cell confinement for minors and a reduction in the number of them detained (down from an average of 150 to 60 in six months). MSF has also initiated a social work program to re-establish family links for some minors as a further way to reduce detention times.
For adult detainees, MSF has continued its nutritional program, which benefits some 300 people with no food resources other than the inadequate prison rations. It also submitted a report on misappropriated food aid to the authorities in the hope of improving its delivery to the prisoners. On the medical front, MSF has continued to work closely with staff in the prison infirmary on increasing access to and the quality of health care for the detainees, with a focus on diagnosis.
From September to November 2001, MSF provided technical support and medical supplies to treatment centers during a cholera epidemic in Abidjan and the Khorogho region in the north.
MSF has been working in the Ivory Coast since 1990.