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

Côte d'Ivoire

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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 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 2023 in Côte d'Ivoire

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2023.

MSF in Côte d'Ivoire in 2023 Médecins Sans Frontières’ programmes in Côte d’Ivoire focus on medical assistance for refugees, treatment for mental health disorders and epilepsy, and improving access to a range of specialist services.
Ivory Coast IAR map 2023

In 2023, our teams in northern Côte d’Ivoire responded to the needs of refugees from neighbouring Burkina Faso, driven from their homes by recurrent violence. Some refugees are hosted by local families, but many are living in precarious conditions, with little access to basic services, including healthcare.

We supported both refugee and host communities by offering general healthcare and reproductive health services, particularly in Ouangolodougou district.

We also continued our regular activities in Côte d’Ivoire in 2023, in collaboration with our local partners and the country’s health authorities. In Bouaké, we run a project for people living with mental health disorders and epilepsy, while in Agboville district, we promote access to specialised care, including cardiology, gynaecology, obstetrics and paediatrics, via telemedicine services in 11 health facilities.


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