People Helped in 2018: 1,007,135
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: the poverty rate is 46.3% and about a quarter of the labour force is unemployed.
On the political level, tensions are rising as the 2020 presidential election approach. In October 2018, local elections took place amid violence and tension, resulting in ten deaths across the country. Additionally, the threat of terrorism looms.
In 2018, we strengthened management and operations of 12 community urban health establishments, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene. The objective of this project is to improve the health of vulnerable urban populations in Abidjan, particularly women, youth and children under five. Our teams also provided more than 29,900 families with access to the water supply network through the installation of water meters. In addition, after the floods in Abidjan and surrounding towns in June 2018, we carried out an emergency response to reduce the health risks associated with flooding in the vulnerable areas of these cities.