The right to health in Côte d'Ivoire : half kept promises

April 7, 2024

Publication of a joint report on the right to health in Côte d'Ivoire

As the 2025 presidential elections approach and after an unprecedented global health crisis, Human Dignity and Sciences Po Paris publish a report (in French) on the implementation of certain promises made by the government in 2017 in order to improve the enjoyment of the right to health in Ivory Coast.

The objective of our report is twofold: to note the progress made since 2017 and to recall the challenges which still hinder the effective and non-discriminatory enjoyment of the right to health in Côte d'Ivoire.

Despite the government's notable progress in terms of availability and accessibility of health infrastructure, additional efforts are necessary particularly with regard to the allocation of financial resources, the lack of equipment in certain areas and the improvement of quality of the health system.

The government must review the method of financing the health budget as well as the functioning of universal health coverage which is still not very effective. As for quality, it is imperative to collect and make accessible recent and detailed data on health in Côte d'Ivoire. It is also crucial to improve patient care and implement awareness-raising policies, touching on both delicate subjects such as the management of sexually transmitted diseases and vaccination.

This publication was transmitted to the United Nations in order to contribute to the upcoming universal periodic review of Côte d'Ivoire. In the coming months, advocacy will be organized in Geneva and Abidjan to improve access to health care in Ivory Coast.

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This report was written by Serena Bassi and Maïly Garcia from the Sciences Po Law School Clinic at the request of Human Dignity, with the support of the association's management and the supervision of their tutors, Ivana Jiménez Barrios and Juliette de Raigniac. It is the result of research work and a series of interviews conducted with Ivorian NGOs working in the field of health. The comments of the study are those of the authors alone and are therefore independent of any opinion of Sciences Po as an establishment.

Human Dignity thanks Sciences Po and its students for the writing and the Ivorian NGOs for their valuable contributions.