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Africare/Cote d'Ivoire

History of Africare in Côte d’Ivoire:

Africare began to work in Cote d’Ivoire in the late 1990’s, managing humanitarian assistance programs for Liberian refugees who had fled their own country to the western region of Cote d’Ivoire. Africare later established a country office in 2001.

After establishing a country office, Africare worked in the Denguelé region implementing the Programme d' Agriculture, Devéloppement d'Entreprises et de Santé (PADES), a USDA-supported project that improved socio-economic conditions of rural communities in the region by assisting communities in increasing agricultural production, developing local infrastructure and accessing credit. The project also addressed STD and HIV/AIDS prevention through public education activities, which resulted in the creation of an AIDS awareness network comprised of eight local institutions. The network subsequently took over HIV/AIDS prevention work by traveling throughout the region, educating communities about HIV/AIDS.

Africare also provided community-level emergency response assistance in 2002 in response to the country’s political conflict. With support from UNDP, Africare provided resettlement, health and other assistance to conflict-affected communities in the Odienne department in the northwest of the country. In 2005, Africare ceased activities and closed its offices in Cote d’Ivoire as a result of the completion of the project activities and the civil disturbances. However, Africare, as one of the few organizations that provided support to communities and the government during the political crisis, is recognized by the National government for its work with distressed communities throughout the country.