Côte d'Ivoire

Day 125 of the Ivory Coast crisis

Despite the ongoing volatile environment, lack of security and obstacles to safe humanitarian access in all parts of the country, UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire continues its efforts to assist children and women affected by the Ivory Coast crisis.
UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire works in partnership with the Côte d'Ivoire government, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, civil society, religious groups and other partners to deliver emergency humanitarian supplies to affected populations; to advocate for the protection and respect of children and women's rights; and, to implement ongoing and new multi-sector programs.

In rebel-held areas, UNICEF continues to negotiate with rebel representatives to implement emergency humanitarian activities.

Emergency relief supplies delivered to both rebel and government-held accessible areas by UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire since the beginning of the crisis include:

  • emergency health kits;
  • mid-wife kits;
  • education kits;
  • recreation kits;
  • surgical kits;
  • sleeping mats;
  • blankets;
  • insecticide-treated mosquito nets;
  • essential drugs;
  • soap;
  • potable water;
  • purifying tablets;
  • children's books;
  • children's clothing;
  • 200-litre metal drums;
  • 30-litre plastic drums;
  • plastic buckets; plastic cups;
  • plastic plates,

The following is a brief, non-exhaustive list of some of UNICEFCôte d'Ivoire's diverse and most recent humanitarian interventions in accessible parts of the country:

13-19 January: Humanitarian assessment missions were conducted in San Pedro and Tabou, Yamoussoukro and Bouake, with the participation of Health, Emergency, Education, WES, HIV/AIDS and Communication Officers.

6-12 January: UNICEF supplied 2,000 measles vaccines to Caritas in response to a suspected measles outbreak at the Nicla refugee camp. Health hygiene sensitisation and latrine construction is ongoing camp. Health hygiene sensitisation and latrine construction is ongoing in 14 displaced persons centres in Abidjan and Yamoussoukro. UNICEF organised a 2-day workshop to design a national peace education curriculum.

29 December: UNICEF-supported water and sanitation initiatives at the Mie Gou Transit Center for displaced persons in Yamoussoukro include the building of new latrines and the laying of new water pipes from existing latrines to ensure proper and healthy hygienic conditions.

28 December: UNICEF continues its support of health, nutrition, education and child protection activities for displaced children at the Mie Gou Displaced Persons Transit Center.

26-27 Dec: An HIV/AIDS prevention training and sensitization campaign is conducted in Yamoussoukro for peer educators and displaced populations.

23 Dec: A UNICEF humanitarian needs assessment mission is conducted in Daloa and Issia.

22 Dec: A hygiene sensitization radio campaign targeting displaced persons throughout the Côte d'Ivoire continues on national radio Jam-FM.

16 Dec: UNICEF launches an appeal to all parties in the crisis to protect the rights of children and women.

15 Dec: UNICEF launches mobile medical teams in villages around Bouake with local implementing partner.

7-10 Dec: UNICEF supports the second round of Polio National Immunization Days, held in government-controlled areas from

7-10 Dec: 3,059,193 children are vaccinated according to the Ministry of Health. 25 Nov-1 Dec: UNICEF opens a new logistics office in Yamoussoukro to preposition supplies and facilitate humanitarian interventions in rebel-held territories to the north and the west. UNICEF creates two new child friendly spaces in Abidjan for displaced persons.

21 November: The UN launches a Flash Appeal. UNICEF Côte d'Ivoire seeks $1.6M for emergency projects.

19-24 Nov: UNICEF conducts a nutrition survey amongst displaced children in Yamoussoukro. A nutrition intervention plan is also developed with the Ministry of Health.

13-16 Nov: UNICEF delivers emergency relief supplies and conducts rapid needs assessments in rebel-controlled Korhogo, Bouake and Sakassou, as well as in government-controlled Yamoussoukro. The UNICEF team is the first United Nations mission to gain access to the northern city of Korhogo. Catholic missions and local partners ensure the implementation of psychosocial and child protection activities.

9-12 Nov: UNICEF supports the first round of Polio National Immunization Days, held in government-controlled areas from

9-12 November: 3,325,137 children are vaccinated according to the Ministry of Health.

6-8 Nov: A UNICEF multi-sector needs assessment mission surveys the needs of displaced persons in terms of health, nutrition, education, child protection and water and sanitation in Yamoussoukro.

6 Nov: The UNICEF Representative participates in a national radio program, advocating for the respect and protection of the rights of children and women.

31 October - 1 Nov: A UNICEF mission to Bouake and Yamoussoukro helps negotiate free and safe humanitarian access in rebel and government-controlled parts of the country.

29 Oct: UNICEF delivers emergency health supplies to families sheltering in churches after their shanty-towns are burned and destroyed in Abidjan. Please note: Similar humanitarian activities were conducted in September and October 2002.

Key Facts on the Cote d"Ivoire

The Côte d'Ivoire is one of the richest countries in West Africa and is the world's leading cocoa-producer, the raw material for chocolate. The crop is crucial to the country's economy. Since the 1960's, nationals of neighbouring West African countries have been encouraged to work on Ivory Coast's cocoa plantations.

Today, there are approximately 3 million West African expatriates living and working in the Côte d'Ivoire, making up a large percentage of the country's estimated population of 16 million. They are mostly Muslims coming primarily from Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo and Ghana.

Population: 16 million;

Official Capital: Yamoussoukro;

Economic Capital: Abidjan;

Major Languages: French, indigenous languages;

Major Religions: Islam (23%), Christianity (12%), indigenous beliefs (65%);

Main Exports: Cocoa, coffee, tropical woods, petroleum, cotton, bananas, palm oil and fish.