Posted by: africanpressorganization | 9 April 2009

Côte d’Ivoire / Journalists visit United Nations projects in San Pedro



Côte d’Ivoire / Journalists visit United Nations projects in San Pedro


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, April 9, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Media Tour organised by the United Nations System in Côte d’Ivoire to highlight the impact of projects jointly initiated and carried out by all the UN agencies, arrived in the coastal city of San Pedro today.


The delegation of journalists and representatives of UN agencies was led the Country Representative of the United Nations Development Fund, Mr. André Carvalho.


The aim once again was to show journalists and beneficiaries of the projects the Ivorian population, the highly beneficial nature of the joint efforts by the UN system as shown by the project to rehabilitate the Gynaecological Block in San Pedro general hospital, which is now functioning well thanks to funds totalling more than 28 million FCFA from UNOCI and UNFPA.


Speaking before the press and representatives of United Nations agencies, the head of the project, Dr. Daniel Sében from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said that “the block is of great benefit to the population of Bas Sassandra because many women have lost their lives in childbirth”. He recalled that the joint action by the UN agencies had put a stop to the deterioration of the building and the wear and tear of equipment.


The Regional Health Director, Dr Etekou Akpa Valentin, stressed the importance of UNFPA’s and UNOCI’s support in the rehabilitation of the operation theatre which will result in a reduction of the infant mortality rate in the region.


During the visit, the journalists in the Media Tour were able to see how the fully equipped Gynaecological Block functioned. They could see how happy some of the beneficiaries were, including Ouattara Aminata who had given birth to a 3.4 kg baby a few hours earlier. “Today I am happy because we are better treated during delivery. The new room is functional and the staff have the equipment they need to do their work,” she said.


Speaking on behalf of the local authorities, the Sous-préfet, Claude Raymond Djiké said: “This joint project by the UN agencies really has had a positive impact in Bas Sassandra and the other sectors. And all of this supports the UNOCI’s main mandate, which is to consolidate peace in Côte d’Ivoire”. 


The delegation also went to San Pedro port which has decided to support the United Nations in the fight against poverty through a pilot programme in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in the region.



SOURCE : Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire



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