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In rural Bingerville, preventable diseases still cause too many families to suffer. But with medical support and health education, this can change.

Ilomba Centre of health education  

Côte d’Ivoire still suffers from a high child mortality rate, and in rural areas like Bingerville many children still contract preventable diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, and respiratory infections. To make matters worse many families do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

In an effort to help turn the tide, Wonder works with the Ilomba Centre which hosts various health programs to educate local citizens about sanitation and health. Ilomba also trains women to become employees in sanitation, hospitality, and healthcare fields. Since 2002 the Ilomba Centre has treated on average 3,500 people per year, while also providing educational programs for women in regards to health and sanitation. With the training Ilomba provides around 50 women a year are able to get jobs in healthcare and hospitality. The services Ilomba provides not only help the sanitation problems in the Côte d’Ivoire, but also support disadvantaged rural women in their pursuit of steady, decent employment.

How you can help

For £4, you can provide basic medical treatment for a mother, child, or elderly person for an entire year. £16 will buy a family the preventative tools to protect them against poor sanitation and malnutrition, while £110 will give a young woman the opportunity to study at Ilomba and progress to a quality job. No matter what you give, know that your support is positively impacting the lives of many women in the Côte d’Ivoire!