Galenicum is collaborating
with ADESC to carry out
two health projects in the
Galenicum is collaborating with the NGO ADESC (Association pour le Développement Social et Culturel) to alleviate the dangerous health situation affecting the Ivory Coast’s population that came about due to the civil war declared in the country in 2002.
The Ivorian people continue to face inhumane living conditions and a high mortality rate, especially among women and children. The lack of a health infrastructure precludes quality health care and the absence of health education results in the persistence of preventable diseases.
ADESC, which has been working in the region since February 2013, is conducting two health activities in rural and urban areas with the help of Galenicum.
Disease prevention and health education programme in the Bingerville region
The campaign is strengthening the preventive health care capacity of the existing community clinic and improving the health status of the M'Batto-Bouaké village and 12 neighbouring villages in the Bingerville region. Particular attention is being paid to women and children. Infant mortality in this area is very high at 95.06 per 1,000 births. The maternal mortality rate is 810 per 100,000 births. Less than 60% of the population has access to medical services.
The objective of the health education is the prevention of diseases caused by an unbalanced diet, the absence of preventive measures against childhood diseases and by poor hygiene. The classes cover basic health, hygiene and nutrition.
Health care services are being carried out through consultations at the community clinic, medical visits to primary schools, vaccination and medical examinations for children.
Health campaign in the suburbs of Abidjan
This project is being conducted in the two suburban shantytowns, "Gobelet" and "Karidja".
Due to the residents’ low standard of living, access to medical care is very difficult. Infant mortality is extremely high; newborns often die of benign illnesses due to a lack of basic hygiene practices. Although vaccines are not expensive, many families do not have the means to vaccinate their children.
Thanks to this initiative, children from 0 to 15 years of age in both neighbourhoods, as well as adults suffering from serious cases, can benefit from medical care and health education.
Awareness activities are being conducted with patients who come to the clinic as they wait their turn.
ADESC, the NGO that leads the project, was established on July 26, 1984 as a registered non-profit organisation. Its business address is Cocody deux Plateaux, rue J 14, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The president is Mr Ignacio Olabarrieta Muñuzuri. He is a Spanish citizen, a native of Bilbao, and has a law degree from the University of the Basque Country. The person responsible for the project is Dr Pilar Donoso.