Population: 24.29 million
Ivory Coast has a population growth rate of 2.6% annually and a high proportion of young people. The health situation of the population is characterized by a high maternal and under-5 mortality rate due to a lack in quality healthcare. The epidemiological profile is dominated by HIV, malaria and tuberculosis but noncommunicable diseases including cancer and high blood pressure are on the rise – responsible for 31% of deaths. A main focus for the country has been to revitalize primary healthcare and develop human resources for healthcare.
- There are an estimated .143 doctors per 1,000 population and .479 nurses and midwives per 1,000 population (2008).
- Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live birth): 59
- Under 5 mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 80.9
*Estimates Developed by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UN DESA Population Division)
Goma, like the entire North Kivu province, suffers from over fifteen years of armed conflict. Medical facilities are underdeveloped or virtually nonexistent and there are only 6 certified surgeons for over 6 million inhabitants in the region. In 2017, USFC organized a mission to the Maternal Charity Hospital – one which was lacking a surgeon and an anesthetist. During this two-week mission:
- 20 patients received successful surgeries
- 6 doctors received training to improve their practice and learn basic, life-saving skills.
In March 2019 the Bingerville Mother-Child Hospital, a joint effort between USFC and the Children of Africa Foundation, officially opened its doors. The hospital is a reference for the country and the wider sub-region providing high quality treatment for mothers and children, free of cost for the poorest members of the population.
The collaboration first began in 2014, with USFC offering legal aid, site monitoring and logistics, financial management and human resources. In 2018, USFC kicked off a vast training plan to support hospital personnel in varied of areas including: pharmacy, X-ray protection, equipment maintenance, gynecology and obstetrics, ultrasound techniques, improving imagery skills, operating theatre organization, anesthetics, and pediatric oncology. In additional to medical training, USFC also sent a consultant to improve the patient administration system, shortening waiting times and facilitating treatment for indigent patients
In 2019, an extended training plan was put in place to support esophageal surgery, laparoscopic surgery, vaginal surgery, neonatology, interventional X-ray techniques, chemotherapy, bronchoscopy and sterilization techniques.