MSF left Ivory Coast in 2019, having handed over all activities to the health authorities. We returned in 2020 to support the national COVID-19 response.
Our work in Ivory Coast
In Ivory Coast, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched new projects in two major cities, while continuing to support responses to disease outbreaks and other emergencies.
What's happening in Ivory Coast?
The political situation in Ivory Coast was relatively stable during 2021. However, the growing threat of armed groups in the bordering countries of Burkina Faso and Mali has led to the official designation of the northeastern part of the country as a risk zone. On June 10 2021, the International Academy for the Fight against Terrorism in Ivory Coast was created to overcome a possible security crisis.
This stable environment has enabled MSF to launch two new projects; the first in Bouaké, focusing on mental health and epilepsy, and the second in Agboville, where we have set up a telemedicine service to improve access to care. The telemedicine project is being conducted in close collaboration with surrounding communities, local humanitarian organizations, and the Ivorian government.
How we're helping in Ivory Coast
We continued our emergency interventions, in particular in response to malaria, floods, and communal violence between Ivorian and Nigerian communities. Our activities include distributing relief items, such as cooking equipment and hygiene kits, staff training, and donations of equipment and medicines to support hospitals in Abengourou and Bongouanou.
We also supported the national response to the third wave of COVID-19, providing screening and referrals for vaccinations. For two months, starting in February, we carried out telemedicine screening for non-communicable diseases, including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory failure, for anyone who wanted to know their risk of contracting a severe form of the virus.
Finally, when the Ebola epidemic was suspected to have arrived in the country on 14 August, MSF provided nutritional and psychological support to contacts of patients thought to have contracted the disease at the request of the National Institute of Public Hygiene and the World Health Organization.
How we're helping in 2021
individual mental health consultations
year MSF first worked in the country
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