STRENGTHENING OF MEDICAL CARE IN THE PEDIATRIC WARD OF THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL YOPOUGON
Civil war occurred in Ivory Coast between 2002 and 2006 and the political crisis that lasted until the spring of 2011 have severely degraded the Ivorian health system. Once considered the “West African showcase”, Ivory Coast is now classified at the 168th spot out of 187 countries on the HDI 2014 published in 2015. The HDI is a composite statistical index to assess the level of human development countries.
According to WHO, in 205 the infant mortality rate from 0 to 5 years in Ivory Coast is 17 times higher than in France.
Ivory Coast is the land of the West African sub region most affected by HIV/AIDS, with a prevalence of about 3.6% (20 million). 72000 children under 15 years are HIV+.
OPALS supports CHU pediatric service:
- Construction of Pediatric Outpatient Treatment Center (CTAP), completed in 2012
- Fight against child malnutrition affects nearly 25% of children from view. A nutritional support program is in place for all children of service suffering from severe or moderate malnutrition.
- Strengthening psycho-social support: discussion groups at the CTAP, home visits, consultation with psychologist, nutritional and therapeutic education, provision of premises specifically reserved for that purpose.
- Support for the poorest families (support for travel costs for consultations and treatment of opportunistic infections associated with HIV).
- Inserting qualitative evaluation protocol of the center’s activities.
In 2015, 6200 consultations, 1260 children followed balances HIV+, 55 new patients. An active list of 560 HIV+ children, 50% are more than 11 years, 701 children received nutritional support. 290 psychosocial consultations were conducted, 360 home visits. Animation of 18 discussion groups with nutrition education and therapy, with about 330 beneficiaries.