Katiola program: Saving mothers and children’s life in Cote d’Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire

The political and military crises of 2002-2010 have taken a severe toll on the Ivorian health system: according to the World Health Organization, it is one of the weakest in Africa, with only one medical doctor and five midwives per 10,000 inhabitants.

As the maternal mortality rate is very high, the Ministry of Health has made maternal healthcare one of its main priorities, offering it free of charge to all pregnant women.

However, budgetary restrictions, drug stockouts and a lack of trained health personnel, among other factors, continue to hamper access to quality medical services for women and young children.

In the Hambol Region we run a project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Our team aims to improve the management of obstetric and neonatal emergencies in this rural setting by supporting the Katiola referral hospital and three primary health centres in the region.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Côte d’Ivoire.

Our activities in 2020 in Côte d'Ivoire

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020.

MSF in Côte d'Ivoire in 2020 MSF left Côte d’Ivoire in 2019, having handed over all activities to the health authorities. We returned in 2020 to support the national COVID-19 response.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Côte d'Ivoire

In Grand Bassam, to the east of the capital, Abidjan, MSF teams worked in the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 treatment centre, strengthening infection prevention and control measures and conducting mental health counselling and psychological follow-up sessions for COVID-19 patients. 

At the university hospital in Bouaké city, we constructed a temporary COVID-19 treatment ward, along with infrastructure to manage infection prevention and control, such as handwashing stations and incinerators. Our teams trained health workers and ran awareness-raising sessions on transmission prevention in the community. We also provided COVID-19 screening at the different entry points to the city. 

In Yopougon treatment centre, in Abidjan, MSF partnered with a local NGO and the Ministry of Health on a pilot telemedicine project. Two MSF teams composed of doctors, nurses and caregivers carried out consultations with COVID-19 patients to detect co-morbidities (diabetes, hypertension, respiratory failure and cardiovascular diseases), using an electronic platform to connect to specialists, such as an internal medicine doctor and a cardiologist, to confirm diagnoses. 

In addition, MSF produced 12,000 cloth masks in partnership with a local business and civil society organisations to distribute to vulnerable people in several locations, including Abidjan. Working with local associations, our teams also distributed cloth masks to patients suffering from kidney failure, diabetes and hypertension. 


Infection prevention and hygiene measures in Abidjan
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

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Project Update 27 Mar 2020
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Strengthening maternity care in Katiola

Voices from the Field 9 Jun 2015
Regional Hospital of Katiola MSF supports gynecological
Côte d'Ivoire

Everyday life at MSF’s Katiola maternity centre

Voices from the Field 6 Mar 2015
Côte d'Ivoire

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Press Release 18 Jun 2012
Côte d'Ivoire

Ongoing attacks on civilian population

Press Release 20 Sep 2011