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IVORY COAST: Improving Health Care

Location: Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
Entity: Ivoirienne Association pour la Formation Professionnelle et Universitaire (AIFUP)
Beneficiaries: 700 young mothers; 200 Babies; 25 paramedics
Grant from Harambee: $27,256
Year: 2016

In Ivory Coast, it is estimated that more than 80,000 children under five die each year from diseases that could be avoided if the nutritional and hygienic conditions were better. Malaria is the leading cause of death followed by gastrointestinal and respiratory infections. Ignorance of hygiene and nutrition have a tremendous impact on the health of the population. In addition, recognizing the important role that health professionals play in patient care, professional preparation needs to be kept up to date. Therefore, the project aims to support Wale Health Center in Yamoussoukro, which has been providing quality affordable health care for a population with limited financial resources for over ten years, to reduce the number of illnesses related to lack of sanitation and malnutrition.

The project includes:

  • Hygiene and nutrition training for 700 mothers
  • Support for 200 infants (food kits, vaccinations, monitoring cycle)
  • 25 training courses for paramedics