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Humanitarian emergencies in Côte d'Ivoire and Libya

April 27, 2011 update on situation by the Foundation team.
 

Humanitarian assistance in Cote d'Ivoire

Since the arrest on April 11 of the outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo by the forces of President-elect Ouattara, the heavy fighting has stopped and there is a gradual return to calm. After the bloodshed, the challenge is to work for peace and reconciliation, but this will take time.

The embargo imposed by the European Union on the two Ivorian ports of Abidjan and San Pedro in mid-January 2011 and the closing of the banks in mid-February, direct impacted the supply of medicines. Many of the pharmacies were forced to close in late February/early March due to a lack of drugs. Pharmacies that still remained open offered a narrower choice of medicines.

To help victims of the conflict to gain better access to healthcare, Sanofi Espoir Foundation decided to support UNICEF and Première Urgence-Aide Médicale Internationale in implementing emergency medical actions until June.

©UNICEF/Asselin

 

UNICEF is focusing on people affected by the conflicts, especially those who have fled to the interior of Côte d'Ivoire or who have sought refuge in Liberia. The Foundation’s support is focused on healthcare for the provision of healthcare kits and first aid support for vaccination campaigns for children and pregnant women.

 

 

The actions set up by the NGO Premiere Urgence-Aide Médicale Internationale target the remaining areas of fighting - the Plateau de Cocody and Yopougon, in greater Abidjan - which have been cut off from all supplies and external aid. To support local facilities, the NGO has set up a clinic in the Angré Peripheral Health Center located in the town of Cocody district and the Deux Plateaux district. The center used to provide access to healthcare for an estimated population of 163,000 inhabitants before the conflict.

 

The Foundation also sent medicines/emergency kits through its partner Tulipe and the crisis center of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, at the request of the International Sainte Anne Polyclinic and Hospital Centers in Cocody, Treichvile and Yopougon.

Humanitarian Aid to Libya

Through its partner Tulipe, the Foundation has made donations of medicines in several stages, depending on estimates made by people on the ground in Libya.

First on March 3 for the surgical mission conducted by the NGO Alima, which received 9 emergency kits to provide first line healthcare for the wounded.

Then on April 6, a ship sent by the French Red Cross delivered 102 tonnes of relief supplies, staple foodstuffs, hygiene kits and Tulipe medical kits to the port of Misrata for the Libyan Red Crescent. The mission was to provide aid for 20,000 people for one month.

The last delivery took place on April 14, through a donation of 32 emergency kits provided at the request of the Crisis Staff of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs to the Libyan National Transition Council to support hospitals in Benghazi in eastern Libya.