People Helped in 2017: 697,283
In 2002, the year that Action Against Hunger began its work in the Ivory Coast, the country was split between the rebel-held North and the government-controlled South. Health workers had fled the North, so access to basic health services was severely limited, and the only relief was provided by humanitarian workers. The situation gradually improved until 2010, when a disputed presidential election caused a serious national crisis and led to a civil war in 2011.
While the Ivory Coast is agriculturally rich in crops like cocoa, cotton, and cashew nut, post-election violence disrupted critical planting and harvesting times for farmers. Crop deficits, trade embargoes, and widespread poverty make the lean season—the routine period of food scarcity—difficult. As many people struggled to make ends meet for their own families, host families in the Ivory Coast and in neighboring Liberia had the added burden of caring for the hundreds of thousands of Ivorians who had been displaced by the conflict.
Through crisis such as conflict and food scarcity, Action Against Hunger has served vulnerable populations in the Ivory Coast for over a decade. We have treated thousands of children suffering from deadly malnutrition, trained and mobilized community health workers, responded to emergencies in the wake of violence, and supported the country’s crippled public health system.
After a decade of political and military crisis, Ivory Coast has stabilized and aims to become an emerging market by 2020. However, despite improved economic growth, poverty levels remain significant, particularly among rural populations.
In 2017, we worked to develop institutional and community-based structures by supporting twelve community-based healthcare centers in Abidjan. We provide free healthcare to vulnerable populations, including mothers and children and promote essential family practices within communities. Our teams identified the most vulnerable families in Abidjan and Montagnes districts and are working to connect them to the water supply network. We provided technical support to the government to implement the national multisector nutrition plan and to produce national health and nutrition strategies.