Pregnant lady looking to camera in Cote D'Ivoire

Cote D’Ivoire

Vulnerable communities are experiencing life-threatening hunger as the country faces high rates of poverty.

High levels of poverty have existed in this West African nation for decades. More recently, clashes between police and political protesters is creating further instability.

In Cote D’Ivoire, the poverty rate is high. Nutrition remains a major public health issue in the country with 21.6% of the population experiencing life-threatening hunger. Limited access to basic social services and low employment has hindered the country’s development.

Country facts

  • 25.1m

    Cote D’Ivoire has a population of more than 25 million people.

  • 165

    Cote D’Ivoire ranks 165 out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 46.3%

    Cote D’Ivoire has a poverty rate of 46.3%

Action Against Hunger’s work in Cote D’Ivoire

Our focus in this country is aimed at strengthening the Ivorian health system. By using a community-based approach, we’re trying to get communities more involved in local health centre management and activities centred around prevention of malnutrition.

Through our Health System Reinforcement Programme (PROSSAN), we are addressing the health of vulnerable populations, such as women, young adolescents, and children under five years of age in the poorest parts of Abidjan.

In addition to strengthening the capacity of health professionals, we’ve rehabilitated three health centres and two youth listening posts to provide support for young people suffering from psychological distress.

As part of the ‘Scaling Up Nutrition’ movement, we’re continuing to support a number of civil society organisations’ advocacy work on nutrition.

Our reach

  • 471,341

    We reached 471,341 people in Cote D’Ivoire through our programmes in 2019.

  • 29

    We have 29 staff based in Abidjan and Korhogho.

  • 2002

    We started working in Cote D’Ivoire in 2002.

Our response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Cote D’Ivoire

Covid-19 is affecting nearly every person around the world, in almost every country. In Cote D’Ivoire, we have trained community health workers on preventative measures to help stop the spread of the virus. We’re distributing kits containing megaphones, masks, sanitisers and t-shirts. During this period of uncertainty, we’re also offering mental health and psychosocial assistance. We’ve carried out sanitisation activities reaching hundreds of thousands of people in the country.

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