The Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Dr. Eugène Aka Aka AOUÉLÉ, presided over the ceremony to launch the 2019 edition of the national campaign for the promotion of maternal, newborn and child health on April 5, 2019 at the headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research in Yamoussoukro. This ceremony was organized by the National Health and Children’s Programme in the presence of representatives of partner organizations such as WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA.
Dr. Aouélé said that there are many obstacles to the momentum towards reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality in Côte d’Ivoire, including the predominance of medical causes, which account for 80% of obstacles such as bleeding and dystocias. According to him, frequent breakdowns of blood products and essential drugs and the deterioration in the quality of services in maternity hospitals, mainly attributed to health personnel, are among the obstacles to reducing maternal and child mortality rates. The Chief Health Officer in Côte d’Ivoire reported that 52 per cent of referral facilities do not offer blood transfusion and caesarean section is not performed in 34 referral facilities. For him, this campaign is therefore an action of his ministry to demonstrate his willingness to promote local exchanges to bring stakeholders together and allow a better distribution of resources to effectively contribute to curbing maternal, newborn and child mortality in Côte d’Ivoire.
Finally, the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene handed over a roadmap to regional prefects for the successful conduct of the campaign throughout Côte d’Ivoire.
On February 21 and 22, 2019, the FHB Foundation organized a training seminar at its headquarters for the members of the regional chapter of the Yamoussoukro District Socialist Central Union. The theme of this seminar was: “Trade unionism and culture of peace: how to improve the working and living conditions of workers while preserving the peaceful social climate?” Its aim is to promote the values of social dialogue in unionism and the culture of peace, and to bring participants to use active and participatory tools, techniques and methods to facilitate learning the discourse of living together.
This activity was coordinated by Dr. Diénéba DOUMBIA, Director of the Department of Peace Research at the FHB Foundation. Some thirty members of the Yamoussoukro Humanism Central Unit headed by their Secretary General, Mr. Adama OULY, were built on three major topics in the form of workshops:
- the commitment of trade unionists to a constructive dialogue in a peaceful social climate,
- opportunities to learn about social dialogue and the culture of peace in the trade union world,
- and peace messages, plan of action, commitments, recommendations and Appeal.
This seminar ended with the graduation ceremony for all participants.
On Saturday, January 19, 2019, the staff of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation presented as usual its New Year greetings to its first leader, Professor Jean-Noël LOUCOU. The Chief of Staff, Mr. Christophe Kadjané ASSOH, spoke on behalf of all his colleagues to present the best wishes for the year 2019 to the Secretary General of the institution and his family. In return, he congratulated all the staff for his dynamism and professionalism that he demonstrated throughout the Houphouët-Boigny Year. He did not fail to give an overview of the events planned for the year 2019, in this case the launch of the activities of the Panafrican School of Peace (EPAP).
Following his speech, Pr. Loucou has had to receive the courtesies from all his present collaborators. It was important to note the presence at this ceremony of Dr. Diénéba DOUMBIA, Director of the Department of Peace Research at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation.
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On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, a Council of Ministers was held at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) in Yamoussoukro, under the chairmanship of HE Mr. Alassane OUATTARA, President of the Republic. This was the last council of the year 2018. Their Excellencies Mr. Daniel KABLAN DUNCAN and Mr. Amadou GON COULIBALY, respectively Vice-President and Prime Minister, as well as all the members of the Ivorian government were present.