Cote D’Ivoire secures US$300 million from IFC to purchase medical equipment

COTE D’IVOIRE – A US$300 million financing agreement has been signed between Cote D’Ivoire and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help medical clinics procure equipment from General Electric and Philips. This investment could spur the cocoa-producing country’s development into a regional medical hub, Prime Minister Patrick Achi noted. As in other African countries, many smaller clinics in Cote D’Ivoire struggle to obtain the bank loans necessary to buy or rent essential medical equipment. This find from IFC aims to remedy that situation by providing credit to clinics…

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Africa Development Bank reinforces commitment to end child stunting and malnutrition

COTE D’IVOIRE – Africa Development Bank in partnership with the Aliko Dangote Foundation and Big Win Philanthropy have renewed their commitment to end child stunting and other forms of malnutrition through a nutrition partnership. The Banking on Nutrition Partnership was founded 5 years ago to help African countries combat effects of malnutrition in children. Although it performs relatively well against other regions, Africa still experiences a malnutrition burden among children aged under 5 years. The average prevalence of overweight is 4.7%, which is lower than the global average of 5.6%.…

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Ivory Coast dispatches mobile clinics to speed up COVID vaccinations

COTE D’IVOIRE – Ivory Coast has begun sending mobile clinics to markets and other busy areas in its main city Abidjan in an effort to reinforce the vaccination campaign against COVID-19. After administering fewer than 800,000 doses since vaccinations began in March – enough for a single dose for just 3% of the population – Ivorian health authorities are now aiming to inoculate a million people in Abidjan over the next 10 days. The country has so far recorded 48,580 coronavirus cases, 47,970 recoveries and 315 fatalities. Like many African…

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