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Man stocks medecine in a warehouse built as part of the Global Health Supply Chain program.
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Côte d’Ivoire grows into an emerging economy after decades of economic and political instability, the country still faces significant health challenges.

The American people, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are investing strategically in leadership, governance, and capacity building to contribute to a sustainable health system for a healthier future in Côte d’Ivoire.  Specifically, our programs cover: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Infectious Diseases and Emerging Pandemic Threats, and Neglected Tropical Diseases. At a regional level, we also support Family Planning and Water and Sanitation.

The main objective of USAID Côte d’Ivoire’s health investment is to contribute to the country’s efforts to improve the delivery and accessibility of basic health services nationwide through:

  • Direct support to health service delivery both at clinical facility and community levels.

  • Expert technical assistance on the different elements of a comprehensive supply chain management system.

  • Strengthening national laboratory systems to support the control of communicable diseases.   

  • Improving the management of human, financial, and material resources for priority  programs.

 

Achieving an aids-free generation in Côte d’Ivoire

USAID is undertaking an aggressive approach towards controlling the HIV epidemic in Côte d’Ivoire with the expansion of access to prevention, care, and treatment services.  For more than 10 years, USAID’s Health Office has worked closely with other U.S. Government agencies to help save the lives of thousands of individuals infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  USAID’s PEPFAR program in Côte d’Ivoire includes; clinical services through private sector facilities, community based support for HIV services, supply chain strengthening to ensure easy access to lifesaving commodities, support to orphans and vulnerable children, evidenced-based prevention programs, and strategic analysis of program data and information for making programmatic decisions. USAID collaborates with the Ivorian government, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations to provide services to people living with HIV and AIDS and their families, with the aim of slowing down the spread of the virus and providing hope for people living with the disease.

Working for a country without malaria

Led by USAID, and implemented jointly with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the  U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is deeply committed to the elimination of malaria. Launched in 2017 in Côte d’Ivoire, PMI is  partnering with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to roll out cost-effective, life-saving interventions to reduce malaria cases in communities. These include distribution and promotion of the use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, preventive treatment for pregnant women, prompt diagnosis and early treatment of malaria cases using effective medications, and indoor spraying of houses to reduce mosquito populations.

 

Reaching elimination of neglected tropical diseases

More than one billion people are affected by one or more of the world's neglected tropical diseases. In Côte d'Ivoire, five neglected tropical diseases constitute a public health concern because of the serious socio-economic impact.  USAID works alongside the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene in the fight against neglected tropical diseases including: lymphatic filariasis or elephantiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis and trachoma.

Responding to emerging health threats

Through the Global Health Security Agenda, USAID is working closely with its partners to predict, detect, and respond to emerging disease threats.  These partnerships are broadening USAID’s ongoing health systems strengthening programs for a sustainable national capacity to respond to emerging health threats.  As part of a whole-of-government response, USAID led workshops connecting national health authorities with experts to develop a national Ebola preparedness and response strategy.  USAID is undertaking health and behavior change campaigns and plays a key leadership role in prevention of future zoonotic disease outbreaks through the Emerging Pandemic Threats program.

 

Last updated: August 23, 2019

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