After independence from France in 1960, Ivory Coast became an economic powerhouse through the production of coffee and cocoa.
Ivory Coast's first president, Felix Houphouet-Boigny ruled the country for 33 years. During his rule, the country witnessed religious and ethnic harmony until his successor was replaced by the country’s first military coup in 1999.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first worked in Ivory Coast in 1990, responding to armed conflict.
Dr. Martial Ledecq, was working as an MSF surgeon in Banlo
"There were so many patients, we had to stay in the hospital for two full days and nights. We operated around the clock, trying to stabilise the most serious cases. Despite our intensive care and surgical care efforts, two people died.
With the tensions in the region, nearly all the medical and administrative staff had fled Bangolo Hospital. When the MSF team arrived, an Ivorian doctor, anesthetist, and four nurses had remained."
MSF’s work in Ivory Coast: 2014
MSF in Ivory Coast 2014
Mother and pre- and antenatal care is a priority for the Ministry of Health in Côte d’Ivoire, as maternal mortality has been increasing since 2005
With the Ministry of Health, MSF opened a mother and child health programme in Katiola hospital in 2014. The 90-bed facility serves as the sole referral hospital for the whole region.
MSF renovated thematernity unit and the two operating theatres, built a water supply and sewage network in the hospital, and organised training for midwives.
Between July and December over 1,000 births, more than 100 of them requiring caesarean sections, were assisted.
Ebola in neighbouring countries
MSF collaborated with the health authorities to build an Ebola management centre in Yopougon hospital in Abidjan (the country’s largest city), as a contingency plan. MSF also supported the training of health staff and rapid investigation teams.
Find out more in our 2014 International Activity Report.
At the end of 2014, MSF had 152 staff in Ivory Coast. We first worked in the country in 1990.