The first batches of medical equipment, delivered to the Aboisso General Hospital, were received by Soro Kountélé Gona, Deputy Director of the Cabinet, representing the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Dr Aka Aouélé.
These donations, in particular offered by the West and Central Africa Office of ADRA International, are made up of new health equipment: hospital beds, mattresses, delivery tables, operating kits for cesarean section, complete dental surgery kits.
They also include odonto-stomatology chairs, instruments for technical platforms in operating theaters and equipment for biological analyses. According to ADRA’s director for West and Central Africa, Emmanuel Amegnito Kossi, this act aims to “relieve the vulnerable”.
Soro Kountélé welcomed this “very civic gesture” from ADRA, which comes in a context marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that it is part of the government’s vision to strengthen the capacities of patient care.
For his part, ADRA Board Chairman Elie Weick-Dido, also chairman of the General Conference of the Association of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, said this humanitarian action is part of the mission of the church.
This donation to the Ivorian government at the same time demonstrates ADRA International’s intentions to strengthen its service across eleven countries in the Sub-region, especially in these periods of pandemic linked to Covid-19.
The President of the Board of Directors of ADRA, Elie Weick-Dido, on behalf of the West and Central Africa Office of ADRA International, signed a partnership agreement with the State of Côte d’Ivoire to strengthen their cooperation. The Ivorian side was represented by Soro Kountélé.
This is not ADRA Internationals’ first action in Côte d’Ivoire. It has also offered numerous batches of health materials via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2017 and food and non-food to the victims of the Aboisso floods in 2018.
The organisation develops partnerships with many entities, communities and state governments where it operates in the areas of food security, economic development, health, emergency management and basic education.
It helps populations without ethnic, national, political, ideological or religious distinction, primarily the most vulnerable such as women, children, the elderly, the disabled, immigrants, the sick, the homeless, the poor, disaster victims, and refugees.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is a humanitarian organisation that conducts community development programs and humanitarian actions in one-hundred and thirty-five countries around the world. It has been a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 1997.