About the Trip
Join Project C.U.R.E. as we partner with Redemption in Action to facilitate our third C.U.R.E. Clinic together in Côte d’Ivoire. Redemption in Action is a non-denominational organization with the premise to "bring back what has been lost to the country." Aimed to be a bridge, their focus is to reach out to rural clinics in desperate need and bring about lasting changes in local healthcare communities throughout Côte d’Ivoire. Project C.U.R.E. has delivered two containers worth $1,000,000 in medical supplies over the last several years with a third container expected to be delivered at the beginning of 2021. While working with Project C.U.R.E. you will provide primary healthcare and community health education to people living in and around the town of Katiola and a much smaller town called Aby. We hope you will join us as we deliver health and hope to the people of Côte d’Ivoire!
About the Country
All medical professionals are needed! This is a great opportunity for Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, OB-GYNs, and Optometrists to make a difference!
Côte d’Ivoire’s history is rich and complicated. Sitting on the West African coast, Côte d’Ivoire is bordered by Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea and Liberia. Côte d’Ivoire has a population of 23.7 million with many different ethnic groups. The religion of the country is mixed between Islam and Christianity. Not much is known of ancient Côte d’Ivoire history as almost all of it was passed down in oral tradition. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to discover the coast in the 1600s. In the 1630s, the French were the first to send missionaries to the coast and only a century later the coast became a French protectorate and then a Colony. Côte d’Ivoire gained independence in 1960.
Since gaining independence, Côte d’Ivoire’s has had some political and social turmoil. They experienced a coup d’état in 1999 and 2 religion-grounded civil wars in 2002-2007 and 2010-2011. Power is structured heavily with the President of the country. Ivorian economy is largely market-based and still relies heavily on agriculture. There are more than 78 languages spoken in Côte d’Ivoire, with the official language being French. Yamoussoukro is the political and administrative capital of Côte d’Ivoire and is set upon rolling hills and plains. The rural health facilities of Katiola and Aby have high caseloads of malaria, parasites, diabetes, hypertension and respiratory issues.
A member of the March, 2019 Cote d’Ivoire team, Betsy Zink teaches young women about menstruation and women’s health. Each participant left with a ‘Days for Girls’ menstruation kit. They were a huge success!
Your tax-deductible donation to participate on a Project C.U.R.E. Clinics Trip to Cote d'Ivoire is $2,500. This program cost covers all accommodations, meals, clean water, and transportation once in-country, including internal airfare, buses/cars/taxies, fuel costs, drivers, tips, and boats/ferries (when applicable). Program costs also include the coverage of translators, medications, eyeglasses, C.U.R.E. Kits, Kits for Kids, Days for Girls Menstrual Kits, travel and evacuation insurance, Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the State Department, medical license transfer procedures, departure travel packet with Project C.U.R.E scrub set, and all associated shipping costs. Additionally, tour guides and small touristic excursions and activities are included. Please note alcohol, internet access, laundry, and personal souvenirs are not covered in the program cost.
You will have the opportunity to arrange your own international airfare to and from Cote d'Ivoire. International airfare, visa fees and vaccinations are NOT included in the program cost. Find suggested flight itineraries HERE.
Sample Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Land in Abidjan in the evening and meet with your team.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. We’ll do some team introductions, sorting of supplies and then off to the official welcome ceremony to be held in Abidjan with the community leaders and stakeholders.
Day 3: Drive to Katiola which is a 5 to 6 hour drive stopping for lunch in Yamoussoukro. Orientation and preparation for Clinics the next day.
Day 4: First day of Clinics.
Day 5: Second day of Clinics.
Day 6: Drive to the costal town of Aby and prepare for clinics the next day.
Day 7: Third day of Clinics.
Day 8: Fourth day of Clinics.
Day 9: Head to Assinie Beach resort for some much need rest and relaxation. Enjoy the different foods of Cote d’Ivoire while reflecting on the past few days with your teammates.
Day 10: Say goodbye to your new friends and Cote d’Ivoire! You’ve worked hard and provided primary care and community health education to hundreds of people who are incredibly thankful for your help. You can be proud of your time spent in Cote d’Ivoire.
Donate to C.U.R.E. Clinics & Make a Difference!
Your donation will help cover the expenses for you or another medical volunteer to serve and treat the most vulnerable patients, families and children around the world while helping us deliver health & hope to those that need it most. Every dollar you donate makes a big difference!
- Your $25 Donation will help cure 500 patients of intestinal worms that consume 30% of daily nutrients in patients that are usually already lacking proper nourishment.
- Your $50 Donation provides reading glasses for 100 patients.
- Your $500 Donation provides rapid malaria tests for 100 patients--allowing them to receive proper treatment and avoid potential death or permanent disability.
- Your $1,000 Donation provides 9 months' worth of essential prenatal vitamins for 25 women. These imperative vitamins help prevent issues like spina bifida in babies and anemia in moms while supporting the proper development of the baby.