Abidjan.net, The Daily Trust and the Nigerian Daily on 31 August and 1 and 3 September reported on a press conference, panel and interview featuring Bunmi Makinwa, director of the UNFPA Africa Regional Office. Mr. Makinwa spoke on the African WHO’s commitment to ensuring continued funding for health activities in the continent and the progress that has been made in the region. Read in French: Abidjan.net, Abidjan.net, The Daily Trust. Read in English: The Nigerian Daily
Gender Links reported on 7 April on the situation of women in refugee camps, including a woman named Philomene Eholi. When a team from Liberia's Ministry of Health and UNFPA recently visited Buutuo (the historic area where Charles Taylor launched his rebellion in 1989), Eholi had just given birth to a baby girl, whom she named Annie. Amongst her 11 children she has a set of twins who played with their grandmother while Eholi spoke to the media. Through a translator, she said she is surviving in the Liberian border town only by the grace of God. Besides the UN donated ration, she has had to take up cassava farming to feed her hungry family. Her plight aroused the sympathy of the UNFPA Representative, Esperance Fundira, who was in Buutuo to donate medical items to refugees. Read: Gender Links
The Ivorian Press Agency reported on 31 March that UNFPA organized a workshop to enhance the capacity of the health and social sectors, as well as NGO and United Nations staff members to address gender-based violence.
IRIN reported on 21 April on transactional sex and related risks in Adjame, a neighborhood in Abidjan. Population mapping to identify areas of vulnerability has been carried out with funding by UNFPA. Unsurprisingly, the bus station and the Marché Forum a few streets away, one of the biggest markets in Abidjan, stood out as the two sites most in need of humanitarian and HIV/AIDS interventions. Read: IRIN
Nord Sud reported on 13 April that as part of a multi-sectoral support project in a crisis resolution setting, UNFPA and the African Development Bank contributed equipment worth an estimated 30 million CFA francs or US$66,000 to the University Hospital of Bouake’s gynecologic services.
Afrique en Ligne reported 30 January that the United Nations Mission in Cote-d'Ivoire (ONUCI) granted CFAF 6.9 million to renovate the urban health district of Dualla, located 578 kilometres north-east of Abidjan. Parts of the health district to be rehabilitated include the maternity ward, infirmary, delivery and hospitalization rooms, pharmacy and the consultation room, according to the communique. It also said the health district had equally benefited from health-care facilities donated by UNFPA. Read: Afrique en Ligne