SANDJI CDC focused one of its first projects on a sustainable method to access medication and health equipment in the rural area of Cote d’Ivoire. The Civil War in Cote-d’Ivoire which started in 2002 resulted in the suffering of the country’s health sector. Consequently, instability, harsh cuts in medical suppliers and stocks were the drawback of the severe internal fighting experienced during the recent conflicts.
In August of 2007 SANDJI CDC implemented its first project in the village of Korezouzoua benefiting not only the above mentioned village but also the neighboring communities that had no medical facilities available to them. Korezouzoua and its nearest villages were populated by approximately 12,000 inhabitants. This project could positively affect the life expectancy of many villagers as they are now able to successfully treat themselves against malaria, tuberculosis and other tropical diseases.
In order to promote the empowerment and self sustainability of the inhabitants of Korezouzoua, SANDJI CDC created a management committee among the villagers to monitor the operations within the hospital. The committee is currently composed of the traditional chief of Korezouzoua, the youth leaders and the medical personnel. These individuals assure the well functioning of the health center by providing replenishment of the medicinal suppliers; acquiring to new medical equipments; and making sure that every villager has access to basic medication. To this end, SANDJI CDC continues to provide permanent support to the committee to reassure its efficiency.
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