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IVORY COAST: Fighting malnutrition

Location: Bingerville, Ivory Coast. Approximately 12 miles east of Abidjan.
Entity: The Association for Social and Cultural Development Р(La Association pour le D̩veloppement Social et Culturel) РADESC.
Year: 2014

ADESC was established in 1984 in Abidjan, with the aim of improving the living conditions of the population in the Bingerville region. In 1998, ADESC was able to build the Ilomba Rural Center in this area as a resource for the local people. There various healthcare initiatives, including campaigns against child malnutrition, hygiene and nutrition courses for mothers, and professional training in textile manufacturing have been offered ever since. Literacy courses and other educational activities to reduce the number of school dropouts in the area have also been offered. In recent years , Ivory Coast has experienced varying degrees of instability with accompanying deterioration in living conditions of the population, particularly in rural areas such as Bingerville. But the 2002 civil war created a still more serious crisis since it caused the loss of coffee and cocoa export capability, the pillar of Ivory Coast’s economy, with its consequent impact on the quality of life. With a tropical, humid climate and a lack of infrastructure of all kinds, the Bingerville region’s living conditions have gotten progressively worse.

The Project: The Association for Social and Cultural Development – ADESC proposes to address the local needs by improving the living conditions of Bingerville citizens in the following ways:

  • Through a widespread campaign against malnutrition by giving hygiene and nutrition training courses for women; and, upon purchasing a vehicle for this purpose, by performing home health visits for medical care to approximately 5,000 people
  • By targeting women between 18 and 35, to end the poverty cycle through vocational training that prepares them to be self-supporting and contribute to the local economy.

Beneficiaries: The direct beneficiaries will be 5,525 Bingerville residents , mostly young women. The indirect beneficiaries who will notice an immediate impact will be the families of 14,000 people in the area.

Costs: The estimated cost to complete all phases of the project is $136,000.

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