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Background 2013:

This is an extract from our latest Activity Report, looking back on our work in the previous year.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has closed the last of its emergency programmes launched to meet healthcare needs during the Ivorian post-electoral crisis of 2010–2011.

Overall, the security situation has stabilised and 2013 was declared ‘the year of health’.  However, although there has been an increase in investment in healthcare, gaps persist, due to a lack of qualified staff and outdated technologies.

Teams from MSF gradually ceased activities that were originally set up to address the needs of people displaced during the 2011 armed conflict. Only the programme in Taï, along the border with Liberia, which consisted of support to the Ministry of

Health teams in outpatient, paediatric and maternity services in a 20-bed hospital, continued until the end of March. A total of 27,338 consultations were carried out.

Work undertaken by teams in Duékoué and Abobo during the crisis resulted in a need for lifesaving maternal healthcare being identified. Women generally deliver their babies at home with traditional birth attendants and without effective emergency obstetric care when there are complications. This results in unnecessary suffering and the death of mothers and babies.

MSF is preparing to open a mother and child health programme with the Ministry of Health in Hambol region in 2014.

Care will be provided for complicated deliveries, and antenatal and neonatal emergencies at the hospital in Katiola.

At the end of 2013, MSF had 74 staff in Ivory Coast. MSF first worked in the country in 1990.

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