Ivory Coast

Mondoukou

In 2008, Adrianna Logalbo (former Director of Nothing But Nets) shared her experience in Ivory Coast:


"The small village of Mondoukou is roughly 10-15km outside of Grand Bassam, a bustling town that was actually at one point the colonial capital of Ivory Coast. ...A town of about 1,000 people, it sits right on the ocean. Fisherman pull in the catch each day, sandy farms sprout cassava and banana trees, and small boys climb up huge palm trees to pluck coconuts. It looks like paradise.

But malaria plagues this area. I met two mothers outside their home as they were preparing dinner. Their sons are one and three-years-old respectively and both have had malaria many times already in their short lives. And what do they do when their children get malaria, I asked? The women must find a way to get to the hospital in Grand Bassam, where they pay 10,000 CFA (roughly $20) just to get their children’s blood drawn to diagnose the disease. It is a far way to travel and a significant amount of money to spend several times each year…for each child.

The campaign came to Mondoukou as part of the “advanced strategy” in which the vaccines, medicines and bed nets are brought to more remote communities. Bringing it to the people where they are. From the early morning until the afternoon, these advanced sites were busy with a constant stream of mothers and fathers bringing their children to be vaccinated and receive a bed net.

As I left Mondoukou in the evening, they had already distributed more than 400 bed nets. In fact, each and every child we saw had a blue mark on their pinky, indicating that they had received a vaccination and a bed net.

But the community health workers in Mondoukou planned to stay for several hours longer. People from a small, small village over 8km away had heard about the campaign and had brought their children (by foot) to Mondoukou. The community health workers wanted to be sure that everyone in the area had an opportunity to keep their children safe and healthy. We thanked them for that."

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Nothing But Nets in the Ivory Coast

In November 2008, Côte d'Ivoire undertook a national integrated health campaign to provide over 3 million children under the age of 5 with measles vaccines, Vitamin A and de-worming medicine. More than one million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets were integrated into this mass campaign to cover 18 districts in Côte d'Ivoire. Together with support from the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Nothing But Nets helped ensure the distribution of 1,071,300 nets to families in Côte d'Ivoire.

Under the leadership of the Côte d'Ivoire Ministry of Health through its National Program in the Fight against Malaria (PNLP), the integrated health campaign was the result of a strong collaboration among local and international partners. These partners include the Measles Initiative (led by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization); Nothing But Nets; the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in partnership with the denomination's Global Health Initiative and the Cote d'Ivoire Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church; the government of Japan; Population Services International (PSI); the Côte d'Ivoire Red Cross; and others.

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Life-Saving Nets for the Ivory Coast

Population at risk for malaria:  19,800,000

Malaria cases:  2,168,215*

Malaria deaths:  1,534*

NETS DISTRIBUTED:  1,071,300

*2012

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