How to Help People In Cote d’Ivoire

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SEATTLE — Cote d’Ivoire is a small West African country known mainly for its cocoa bean exports and its relatively high level of income compared to surrounding countries. For years, it was known for its religious and political stability, until an armed rebellion in 2002 split the nation. Although it is recovering, there are still many issues that the nation faces as a whole. This article will focus on how to help people in Cote d’Ivoire moving forward.

One of the biggest problems that the nation faces today is health. Men have a life expectancy of about 52 years, while women have a 54-year life expectancy. This is significantly lower than the worldwide life expectancy average of 71.4 years. This is in part due to the widespread occurrence of diseases such as malaria and leprosy.

Currently, American Leprosy Missions works in Cote d’Ivoire to help those suffering from leprosy. The organization has served those in need for 110 years with reconstructive surgery and post-surgery training in caring for wounds. In addition, it provides socio-economic services that provide poverty relief. While its work is mainly in treatment of the disease, the ultimate goal of the organization is to eradicate leprosy by supporting vaccine development.

More than half of the population suffers from multidimensional poverty in Cote d’Ivoire, and organizations around the world provide poverty relief. One such organization is Aid for Africa.

Aid for Africa is a coalition of various nonprofits and charities present in both the U.S. and Africa. The organization works to provide relief for multidimensional, complex issues that face African nations today — poverty being one among many others. Aid for Africa was rated among the top nonprofits in 2016 by Great Nonprofits and is also a GuideStar “gold participant.”

Citizens of Cote d’Ivoire are attempting to recover from the civil war that erupted in 2002. While violent outbreaks are less common today, there remains a feeling of unrest in society, coupled with socio-economic inequality and health issues. One organization working to quell this is the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

The IRC responds to the worst humanitarian crises around the world and helps those whose lives are particularly shattered due to circumstances outside of their control. Since its founding, it has helped 24 million receive healthcare, vaccinated around 173,000 children against measles, and given 3.8 million access to clean drinking water. Its offices in Cote d’Ivoire have provided jobs and business ventures for young professionals, provided basic healthcare to those who need it and much more.

Above are only a few of the organizations that are working to help people in Cote d’Ivoire. In order to help those in need, it is possible to either donate to these organizations or encourage federal foreign aid funding to help people in Cote d’Ivoire.

Sydney Roeder
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