29 April 2011 -- Life in Côte d'Ivoire is slowly returning to normal after four months of post-electoral violence. This photo story shows scenes of the living conditions for some of the displaced people in the western part of Côte d’Ivoire and describes the health issues they are facing.
UNHCR is building a new site for 10 000 internally displaced people in Niably to relieve the pressure on Duékoué where up to 30 000 people are gathered in insalubrious over-crowding. WHO is negotiating with the NGO Caritas for the provision of health care in the new camp. WHO will supply medicines and cash for expenditure and Caritas will staff the health post and ensure the provision of health care for the next six months.
Approximately 200 000 people have been internally displaced by the post-election fighting, of which 186 000 have found refuge in the western Montagnes and Moyen Cavally regions. Inadequate sanitation, insufficient drinking water, poor living conditions and lack of health care services are putting the population at great risk of diarrhoeal diseases.
14 April 2011
The recent upsurge of violence has severely disrupted the functioning of the health system in the western regions of Côte d’Ivoire, concluded a team of public health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) that just completed a three-day visit to Moyen Cavally and Montagnes.
11 April 2011
'Most health facilities are closed while those still operating are understaffed and face critical shortage of medical supplies' says Dr. Mamadou Ball, WHO Representative in Cote d'Ivoire.
8 April 2011
Assessments have shown than more than 70% of displaced people and refugees have no access to health care. The melting down of the national health system and the population's increased poverty are raising the risks for malaria, diarrhoeal diseases, measles and acute respiratory infections, and leading to increased maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity.
The unsolved political stalemate, the fighting in Abidjan and the western regions and the resulting economic paralysis are affecting the country’s health system.
25 March 2011
During the next 6 months, WHO plans to continue implementing measures to provide access to health services for more than 2 million people in the severely war-affected communes of the capital and in the western part of Côte d’Ivoire.
The humanitarian health implications of the current political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire are difficult to predict. Ivoirians are fleeing to neighbouring countries, particularly to Liberia where more than 30 000 have now sought refuge at a rate of almost 600 new arrivals per day. Clashes in the west have raised the number displaced persons in these areas to 18 000, bringing the total number of IDPs in the country to 450 000.