Action Against Hunger has been present in Ivory Coast since 2002

Ivory Coast

While the country is rich in produce, many families struggle to make ends meet and malnutrition rates remain high due to inflated food prices and inadequate access to food

 

Country Overview

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. 2017 was marked by social demands and uprisings and, like all countries in the sub-region, the Ivory Coast has suffered the effects of terrorism, particularly in Grand Bassam in March 2016.

In addition, despite improved economic growth, poverty – a largely rural phenomenon – remains significant and only serves to emphasise the divisions in society. 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.

 

697, 283
People we helped in 2017

 


What we are doing

Action Against Hunger started working in the Ivory Coast in 2002. Our teams have continued to support and work with local community healthcare centres, providing training programmes and technical support. 

In 2017, we continued our programmes to develop institutional and community-based structures by supporting twelve community-based healthcare centres in Abidjan. In terms of nutrition and health, we have continued to provide free healthcare to vulnerable groups. We have also continued to promote essential family practices within communities. Our teams have identified the most vulnerable families in Abidjan and Montagnes districts in order to connect them to the water supply network and build new water points. The team also provided technical support to the government to implement a national nutrition plan and to produce national health and nutrition strategy documents.

The programmes in Ivory coast include: 

  • Improving access to clean water and sanitation facilities
  • Supporting existing healthcare centres
  • Providing training for health workers
  • Screening and treating children suffering from malnutrition
  • Supporting the government to implement a nutrional plan
  • Educational programmes to prevent disease (particularly cholera)

 

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Facts

Number of staff
23
Operating since
2002
Based in
Abidjan (surrounding districts and mountains)