Sightsavers in Côte d’Ivoire

We work with the government in Côte d’Ivoire and countries across Africa to deliver vital charity work and make sure everyone has the chance to thrive.

Côte d’Ivoire is one of the most prosperous nations in West Africa.

Despite having a growing economy, the country’s health care system still lacks funding and essential resources, including skilled staff, medicine and adequate facilities. Most doctors are based in the cities, meaning people in rural areas find it harder to get good-quality health care.

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are highly prevalent in Côte d’Ivoire, putting millions of people at risk of illness and disability. Five NTDs that can be prevented and treated with medication are endemic in the country.

Many people with disabilities in Côte d’Ivoire are denied opportunities because of negative stereotypes and attitudes around disability. As a result, they often face barriers when claiming their right to education, employment and health care.

Facts about Côte d’Ivoire

  • Population: 29 million
  • Capital: Yamoussoukro
  • Official language: French
  • Human development index (HDI) ranking: 159 (medium)
A white and yellow icon representing an eye with cataracts. The pupil and iris are covered with dashed yellow lines.

110,000 people in Côte d’Ivoire are thought to be blind

A white and yellow icon of a small bottle of medicine, with one round tablet leaning on its side.

23 million people need medication to protect them from disease

19.5 million people need treatment for river blindness

Sources: IAPB, ESPEN

A health care worker checks a young child's eyes for trachoma.

What are the challenges in Côte d’Ivoire, and how can these be addressed?

A health care worker checks a young child's eyes for trachoma.

Infectious diseases

People in Côte d’Ivoire are at a high risk of neglected tropical diseases.

Infectious diseases that can cause permanent blindness and long-term disability pose a high risk to people in Côte d’Ivoire. Our work on neglected tropical diseases in the country focuses on trachoma and river blindness.

A group of doctors in blue surgical scrubs performing eye surgery.

How we’re tackling disease in Côte d’Ivoire


Sightsavers works with partners to distribute preventative medication across the country, to protect people from infectious diseases.
About drug administration

Eye operations

We help to provide sight-saving surgery for people with advanced trachoma (known as trichiasis) to stop them from losing their sight.
Learn about trachoma


Digital technology is helping to eliminate diseases by enabling us to collect and analyse data about the prevalence of diseases.
About our digital health work

Inclusion and equality

People with disabilities in Côte d’Ivoire are often denied their human rights.

Women and girls also face stigma and discrimination in society. Our charity work on disability rights in Côte d’Ivoire focuses on improving everyone’s access to health care, education and employment.

A woman wearing medical scrubs speaks to two women, one with a bandage over her left eye.

Our inclusion work in Côte d’Ivoire

Inclusive health

Sightsavers works with local governments in Côte d’Ivoire to make health care more inclusive for people with disabilities.
Learn about inclusive health


We support people with disabilities to earn money and be independent by working as cocoa farmers or starting their own business.
Our inclusive employment work


Collecting data about our work helps us ensure that our programmes are effective and reach people most in need.
Our in-house research

“The best part of my job is ensuring future generations never lose their sight from diseases such as river blindness.”

Astou Sarr, country director

How you can help

Our charity work in Côte d’Ivoire is helping to eliminate neglected tropical diseases and ensure equality, but there’s still more we need to do.

With your support, we want to reach even more communities where infectious diseases are present and ensure everyone can claim rights to learn, earn and thrive. To do this, we need your help.

Charity donations, legacies, corporate partnerships and gifts from charitable foundations are a vital source of funding for our programmes in Côte d’Ivoire. We also welcome opportunities to work in partnership with governments, institutions and development organisations.

Contact us: If you have any questions about our work in Côte d’Ivoire, would like details about our programmes or wish to discuss ways to donate or support us, email [email protected]

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