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 and treat people at the community level for malaria. We also work to provide consultations via telemedicine – the practice of providing medical consultations via communication technologies – to improve patients' access to healthcare.
Our activities in 2022 in Côte d'Ivoire
Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.
During the year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sent teams to assess the humanitarian needs in northern Côte d'Ivoire, where there has been an influx of refugees from neighbouring Burkina Faso, driven from their homes by recurrent violence.
Tchologo, like other regions in the north of Côte d'Ivoire, is affected by this flow of refugees. Some people are hosted by local families, but many are living in precarious conditions, with little access to basic services, including healthcare.
MSF donated medical equipment to health facilities in Tchologo in 2022, and in light of the serious needs our teams witnessed during their assessment, prepared to support both refugees and the host communities for at least three months, with the provision of general healthcare and reproductive health services, particularly in Ouangolodougou district.
Our regular activities in Côte d'Ivoire continued in 2022, in collaboration with our local partners and the country's health authorities. Our project in Bouaké provides care for people living with mental health disorders and epilepsy, while the one in Agnéby-Tiassa promotes access to specialist care, including cardiology, gynaecology, obstetrics and paediatrics, via a telemedicine service.