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Nine-day-old Yaoange sleeps with her mother under an insecticide-treated mosquito net to prevent malaria, at their home near the city of Bouaké. Malaria remains one of the main causes of mortality for children under age five.


The five-year crisis in Côte d'Ivoire has negatively affected the situation of children and women, particularly in the North and West war-affected areas. During the critical period of transition towards recovery and further economic development special attention has to be placed on addressing the specific needs of the most vulnerable population.


UNICEF is the leading agency for the thematic groups of nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education and nutrition, and is an active member of the health, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and emergency preparedness and response groups. UNICEF’s interventions will benefit 375,000 children aged 0–17 years and 50,000 pregnant/lactating women.

Health and Nutrition: UNICEF will rehabilitate 61 primary health facilities and one regional hospital covering 532,864 inhabitants; procure essential drugs, vitamin A, deworming tablets, vaccines, long-lasting insecticidal nets, therapeutic foods, anthropometric material and delivery equipment. UNICEF will also train 8,000 health staff in several disciplines, as well as 150 auxiliary health personnel and 3,800 community health workers.

HIV/AIDS: UNICEF will improve social services through the supply of appropriate medical kits; enhance the capacity of social/health workers and peer educators; and strengthen partnerships.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: UNICEF will set up 100 water quality and cholera outbreak surveillance teams and train communities at risk in order to monitor water quality and to prevent/respond to cholera outbreaks for the benefit of 100,000 people; implement an information, education and communication programme on hygiene education; and rehabilitate/construct 50 wells and 50 adequate sanitary facilities in peri-urban areas at risk.

Education: UNICEF will provide 6,000 displaced and war-affected children (30 per cent of total displaced population) with basic school materials and recreational kits; train 120 primary schoolteachers; construct 20 temporary schools/classroom structures to accommodate 6,000 primary schoolchildren.

Child Protection: UNICEF will endeavour to protect all declared survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) from further suffering and provide adequate care and support (psychosocial, medical and legal); and increase the capacity of partners to prevent and reduce the risk of GBV.

Summary of UNICEF Emergency Needs for 2009*
Sector US$
Health and Nutrition 4,653,000
HIV/AIDS 402,000
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 800,000
Education 720,637
Child Protection 1,177,000
Total** 7,752,637

* Funds received against this appeal will be used to respond to both the immediate and medium-term needs of children and women as outlined above. If UNICEF should receive funds in excess of the medium-term funding requirements for this emergency, UNICEF will use those funds to support other, underfunded emergencies.
** The total includes a maximum recovery rate of 7 per cent. The actual recovery rate on contributions will be calculated in accordance with UNICEF Executive Board Decision 2006/7 dated 9 June 2006.