We stepped up to remind the Ministry of Health and other humanitarian organizations that interventions addressing reproductive health and gender based violence also need to be a priority. There were 2 rape cases in Abobo (Abidjan) in the past weeks, which should not go unnoticed.
"I walked, walked, walked for our baby” says Toinette, 17 years old. Pregnant, she fled the conflict to Liberia. “I don't know where my husband is, I was feeling lost but I had to escape to find a safe place for my delivery. It is our first baby: it should come within less than one month now”.
UNFPA Liberia is the lead on Management of Reproductive Health and Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence. A team with an international and national GBV and Reproductive Health expert has been established in Nimba county with the responsibility of addressing reproductive health issues among the refugee community and mainstreaming GBV across all sectors. The staff can communicate in French as well as English.
200 individual clean delivery kits were distributed through the Red Cross to pregnant women in Abidjan localities of Abobo and Anyama. 18 women so far gave positive feedback on the use of the kits.
In the Montagnes and Moyen Cavally regions of western Ivory Coast, 52 percent of health centres and 62 percent of hospitals are not operational due to lack of personnel, looting of drugs and medical equipment, partial or total destruction of health facilities as well as the persistent insecurity, the U.N. Office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.
Instability in Western Ivory Coast has brought on the looting of over 50% of health centers. Moreover, 78% of midwives have left the area. UNFPA is sending emergency kits.
The number of Ivorians fleeing to Ghana has dropped in the past week the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said in a statement on Monday. At its peak, between 12 to 26 April, more than 130 people were crossing into Ghana every day, mostly young people coming from Abidjan's neighbourhoods of Youpougon and Abobo, the IOM said.
Over month after official reopening of schools in the Centre, North and West (CNO) regions of Ivory Coast, a survey report released on Wednesday by UNICEF and Save the Children shows that 85% of schoolchildren in these areas are back inside the classroom.