While waiting for Laurent Gbagbo’s return

REPORT – His supporters hope for the inevitable return of the former Ivorian president since his acquittal at the ICC in 2019.

Special envoy to Abidjan

The ritual is daily. At the end of the afternoon, when the heat is a little less stifling, the kids gather on this vast expanse of beaten earth. We play football for an hour or two on this improvised field that everyone calls the Laurent Gbagbo esplanade. In Gagnoa, no one really knows why the place took this name. We simply know that it brings together the only two real passions of this big city in western Ivory Coast: the round ball and the former president.

When the evening gets too dark, the players leave. The bars, a precise tangle of plastic tables and chairs, slowly light up and fill. The largest is the Ivorian Prestige Counter, the CPI, a direct allusion to the International Criminal Court, the ICC, where Laurent Gbagbo is on trial. The huge sign seems as much a mocking nod to this distant and considered biased justice as a way to remind its support for the child of the country.

On this October evening,

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Côte d’Ivoire-AIP / International / COVID-19: The High Authority for Health calls to resume vaccinations in France

Abidjan, June 17, 2020 (AIP) – The High Authority for Health (HAS) called on Tuesday to resume the vaccinations that have not taken place because of the COVID-19 containment in France.

This call concerns both infants and “adults who have chronic diseases, particular vulnerabilities”, explained infectious disease specialist Elisabeth Bouvet, president of the technical commission on vaccinations of the HAS, cited by the site francetvinfo.fr.

For children, “the catch-up which takes place from May 11 [date du début du déconfinement] is insufficient ”, reports Elisabeth Bouvet. “The deficit remains significant for measles, with the risk of seeing the resurgence of epidemics and of losing the renewed vaccination that had apparently succeeded in obtaining”, fears the infectious disease specialist.

The High Authority for Health estimates “at 44,000 the number of infants aged three to 18 months” who have not received vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, meningitis due to the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae type b and hepatitis B.

The High Authority of Health recommended, at the beginning of April, to maintain all the compulsory vaccinations of infants, those recommended beyond two years which can be deferred until the lifting of confinement. The vaccines not carried out over the entire eight weeks of confinement, and therefore to catch up, concern 90,000 people of all ages for the anti-papillomavirus vaccines, 123,000 for the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) and 450,000 for the vaccines tetanus drugs intended for reminders of children (except infants), adolescents and adults.

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Côte d’Ivoire / No case of yellow fever detected for three weeks

The director of the INHP, Prof. Benié Bi Vroh Joseph during the press conference

Abidjan, August 13 (AIP) – “No case of yellow fever has been detected for three weeks” contrary to rumors of an epidemic of yellow fever which is raging in Côte d’Ivoire, reassured, Tuesday, to Abidjan, the director general of the National Institute of Public Hygiene (INHP), Prof. Benié Bi Vroh Joseph during a press conference. This satisfactory assessment is to be put to the credit, according to Prof. Vroh, of the good immunity in Abidjan induced by the previous vaccination campaigns combined with the intensive anti-vector control carried out within the framework of the fight against dengue. On July 5, 2019, the Pasteur Institute of Côte d’Ivoire (IPCI) confirmed cases of yellow fever, from blood samples taken …

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Côte d’Ivoire / Inter / Obesity is a trigger for cancer in women (study)

Abidjan, Sep 24 (AIP) – Obesity is expected to overtake smoking as the leading cause of preventable cancer in women by 2043, according to a report released Monday from Cancer Research UK. Currently, 12% of cancers in women are linked to smoking and 7% to overweight and obesity. But with the number of smokers falling and obesity rates set to rise, the organization estimates that this gap will disappear in 25 years. Data predicts that current trends will continue. According to forecasts from Cancer Research UK, by 2035, 10% of cancers in women (around 25,000 cases) could be linked to smoking and 9% (around 23,000 cases) to being overweight. And by 2043, if these trends …

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Côte d’Ivoire / International / Researchers discover new genetic disease that makes influenza very dangerous

A nurse examines a young patient at a Beijing hospital on January 11, 2018 (XINHUA / AFP)

Abidjan, March 23 (AIP) – Researchers announced on Thursday that they had discovered a gene whose mutations can turn a simple flu into a life-threatening infection. “It is therefore a new genetic disease of immunity that has been identified”, explained in a press release the Parisian genetic research institute Imagine. “This results in an extreme vulnerability to viral infections which are usually not serious, with damage precisely localized to the brainstem”, add the researchers. The gene in question, called DBR1, makes us unequal in the face of common viruses in our environment: influenza, norovirus (which causes gastroenteritis) and …

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AfDB “officially” back to its headquarters in Abidjan after 11 years of relocation to Tunis

(Agence Ecofin) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has “officially” returned to its headquarters in Abidjan after 11 years of relocation to Tunis, its president announced on August 19 in the Ivorian economic capital.

«It has been eleven years since the AfDB was forced by the politico-military crisis to leave Côte d’IvoireDeclared Donald Kaberuka during a press conference. “Today the bank is officially back in the Ivorian capital, its headquarters since 1964 (date of its creation)“, He added, indicating that the first board of directors of the institution will be held on September 8 in Abidjan.

Mr. Kaberuka greeted on this occasion the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara who “pleaded the cause of return»Of the BAD. «Our return is a sign of the country’s regained stability», He underlined.

Côte d’Ivoire has returned to stability after a decade of politico-military crisis culminating in the post-election crisis of 2010-2011, which left more than 3,000 dead.

AfDB operations in 2014 will reach $ 9 billion, of which $ 3 billion will be earmarked for private sector support on the continent.

In 2013, ADB investments were estimated at $ 8 billion.

«60% of investments in 2014 will relate to infrastructure, particularly the energy sector, which is in great deficit on the continent», Underlined Mr. Kaberuka.

The President of the ADB also welcomed the drop in the poverty rate (people living below a dollar a day) in sub-Saharan Africa, which fell “from 54% in 2000 to less than 30%. % currently ”.

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Côte d’Ivoire-Social / About 13.5 million CFA francs to save a girl suffering from bilateral deafness

Abidjan, June 8 (AIP) – Around 13.5 million CFA francs are needed to save a five-year-old girl, Fatima Zahra, who suffers from bilateral deafness. According to the doctors’ diagnosis, it takes 13,457,898 Fcfa to perform surgery for the break of a cochlear implant, said a relative, Béatrice Yérégnan Traoré (contact 09141014), calling for the generosity of goodwill. Zahra’s parents noticed that she had a hearing organ abnormality as early as six months. The hearing aid test carried out from April 27 to May 2, 2016 was found to be inoperative, they deplore. (AIP) ask

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Côte d’Ivoire / A balanced diet to avoid a whole range of non-communicable diseases (Feature)

How to eat balanced (Photo illustration)

Abidjan, May 17 (AIP) – On the occasion of World Hypertension Day celebrated on May 17, recalling the importance of a balanced diet seems necessary to improve the lifestyle of consumers, while preserving their health. This year, the Day focuses on the theme “What are your numbers? To increase awareness of blood pressure around the world. The Importance of Healthy Eating Healthy eating helps protect against malnutrition in all its forms, as well as noncommunicable diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even obesity. The World Health Organization (WHO) stresses the importance …

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Côte d’Ivoire-Inter / More than 500,000 deaths caused by diarrhea each year (WHO)

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Abidjan, Apr 13 (AIP) – Drinking water contaminated with feces causes more than 500,000 deaths each year from diarrhea, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday on its official website. “Almost two billion people around the world still use drinking water contaminated with fecal matter. A situation that exposes them to contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio ”, explained the director of the public health department, Dr Maria Neira. One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 by the member countries of the United Nations is to guarantee access for all to water and sanitation and to ensure sustainable management of water resources, recalls -your. This…

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Ivory Coast / Resumption of addressing works on the streets of Bingerville

Bingerville (Abidjan), 28 Feb (AIP) – Started in 2016, then interrupted for “taking into account certain areas”, the addressing work on the streets of Bingerville (eastern suburb of Abidjan) has resumed for almost a week, learned the AIP, Tuesday, from municipal sources. According to the technical director of the town hall of Bingerville, Bakayoko Kassoum, the works were entrusted to the company Publistar, for a total cost of CFAF 25 million. They consist in naming the streets and installing directional signs with inscriptions such as the names of the entities, with a view to “being able to locate oneself in the municipality” easily. “Our objective here with these works is to improve the living environment of the populations”, added …

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