Côte d’Ivoire

  • More than two thirds of children in Côte d’Ivoire require treatment for intestinal worms
  • 24% of preschool children have a Vitamin A deficiency
  • 21% of preschool children are stunted in growth and 13% are underweight
  • Malnutrition increase the severity of diseases, accounting for more than a third of child mortality

The lush green fields of Côte d’Ivoire mask rampant poverty and despair. As you move from the coastal regions of this West African nation, you see a marked difference in opportunity. After years of political uncertainty and violence, many have left the country in search of safer, more stable positions. There are simply not enough trained professionals to treat everyone.

Poverty and a lack of healthcare services leave children vulnerable to ringworm, hookworm and whipworm. The government manages deworming treatments for children in school as it is cost-effective, but preschool children are ignored and missed.

It is critical that preschool children are treated. If not, they are susceptible to infection that can stunt their growth, leading to blindness and even death. effect:hope, in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada, provides combined deworming treatment and Vitamin A supplementation to children under 5 living in six health regions in Cote d’Ivoire. effect:hope’s program trains healthcare workers to provide deworming treatment and Vitamin A supplementation to preschool children at their houses or community hubs (markets, churches, mosques, etc) , giving them their best chance of being healthy when they're ready to go to school.

This program targets all girls and boys under 5 years to ensure that all children, including those with disabilities, receive this critical treatment. Both mothers and fathers are encouraged to get involved in their children’s health and share the responsibility of making sure their sons and daughters get the treatment every 6 months.

Here's how you can help the children of Côte d'Ivoire:

Give a Child a Healthy Start

  • Protect 15 children against hookworm, roundworm and whipworm for just $50
  • Save kids from blindness with essential vitamin A supplements
  • Train healthcare workers to reach even more pre-school kids and families
  • Give kids a fair chance at life
give kids a good start