After two decades of social, political and military unrest, which began in the 1990s and escalated during the post-election crisis of December 2010, the Ivory Coast has experienced a degree of stability since 2012. There are a few big infrastructure projects underway across the country, the security situation has improved, the economy is recovering, political dialogue has resumed, and a Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been created. But there is still much to be done to restore normality to families living in the Ivory Coast.
While the country is rich in crops like cashew nut, cocoa and cotton, many families struggle to make ends meet and malnutrition rates remain high for various reasons, including high food prices and inadequate food access.
What we are doing
Action Against Hunger started working in the Ivory Coast in 2002. We're currently working in Abidjan, Aboisso, Korhogo, Toulepleu and Zouan Hounien. Our work focuses on treating malnourished children in urgent need of help. To do this we are:
- Training public health workers in the treatment and prevention of malnutrition
- Strengthening the weak public health system by working with local health authorities to build their capacity on addressing the causes and effects of malnutrition.
We are also responding to a devastating cholera outbreak in the Ivory Coast. Our focus is to prevent the disease spreading: we are helping community members understand how they can protect their families from it by holding community-awareness sessions and are distributing hygiene and disinfection kits for health workers, which include gloves, chlorine, soap mops and buckets.