Human Development Index
171 (out of 188 countries ranked)
People Helped in 2019: 471,341
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
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.
Ivory Coast has been politically stable since the end of the 2010-2011 crisis. However, recent confrontations have emerged between protesters and police following the arrest of opposition leaders. This series of events has heightened uncertainties related to the upcoming election, scheduled for October 2020, which may trigger more political revolts.
Currently, 46.3% of the population of Ivory Coast lives in poverty and 21.6% suffer from chronic acute malnutrition. Limited access to basic social services and low employability also impede sustained development.
In 2019, our teams worked to strengthen the Ivorian health system through the Health System Reinforcement Program (PROSSAN), which follows a community-based approach to strengthen local involvement in health center management and activities. PROSSAN aims to improve the health of vulnerable populations, including women, adolescents and children under five years of age in the poorest parts of the capital city of Abidjan. In addition to strengthening the capacity of health professionals, in 2019, Action Against Hunger rehabilitated three health centers and two youth listening posts to provide support for young people suffering from psychological distress.