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

Côte d'Ivoire

The political, economic and military crises of 2002-2010 have taken a severe toll on the Ivorian health system.

The country’s health system is one of the weakest in Africa, with only one medical doctor per 10,000 inhabitants, and a lack of medical infrastructure.

Epilepsy and mental health are stigmatised and little-diagnosed in Côte d'Ivoire. MSF teams work in Gbêkê region, in the country’s centre, to improve access to mental healthcare, and diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, at clinics.

In Abidjan, our teams screen people at the community level for both COVID-19 and for malaria, referring people to vaccination centres for the former, and providing treatment for mild cases of the latter.

MSF also works to provide consultations via telemedicine – the practice of providing medical consultations via communication technologies – to patients, to improve access to healthcare.

Our activities in 2021 in Côte d'Ivoire

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021.

MSF in Côte d'Ivoire in 2021 In Côte d’Ivoire, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched new projects in two major cities, while continuing to support responses to disease outbreaks and other emergencies.

The political situation in Côte d’Ivoire 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 10 June 2021, the International Academy for the Fight against Terrorism in Côte d’Ivoire 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 organisations and the Ivorian government.

We continued our emergency interventions, in particular in response to malaria, floods and communal violence between Ivorian and Nigerian communities. Our activities included 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. 

in 2021
Infection prevention and hygiene measures in Abidjan
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Preparation is key to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic in Côte d'Ivoire

Project Update 27 Mar 2020
MSF HIV Clinics in Kinshasa, DRC

HIV response in West and Central Africa will not succeed if key barriers remain unaddressed

Press Release 3 Jul 2017
Emergencies in childbirth
Côte d'Ivoire

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

Renewed violence hits western region

Press Release 18 Jun 2012
Côte d'Ivoire

Ongoing attacks on civilian population

Press Release 20 Sep 2011