Kathy and Patricia along with Jeannette Kah Le Guil, born in Cote d'Ivoire and working at the World Bank in Washington DC for 20 years joined a group of 5 other notable Ivorian women leaders for a women’s empowerment rally in Bibita located in Guemon about an 8 hour drive from Abidjan. The roads were treacherous and tested the endurance of the passengers. It was an outrageous display of strong accomplished women coming together to send the message that together we can end the bias against women owning land with the intention of providing for their families and themselves in their later years. The chief donated a parcel of land to benefit the women agricultural workers. ICMC is now partnered with MODELCI and hopes to receive a grant from the World Bank to further our shared goals to support women and children in the Ivory Coast.
Kathy Shiver, Doctor of Pharmacy at St. Mary’s Hospital in Chicago, visited Braffaoueby in November of 2016 with Patricia Mertz. The pharmacy, drug usages, “best practice” recommendations, treatment rooms and the storage area in the clinic all benefitted thanks to Kathy’s years of professionalism and experience. Kathy was loaded with pharmaceuticals donated by her hospital and MAP International. The staff appreciated the new uniforms, medical equipment, supplies and the newly stocked pharmacy. The orphaned children appreciated clothing, dollies and teddy bears from Dollies Making a Difference. The school and the clinic are eager to use the new computers.
March 2016 Thanks to your support, we have great news: The Hand Washing for Disease Prevention Campaign was a huge success! After just six days, we received a total of $5,160 in pledges and gifts - surpassing our original goal of $5,029!! We're now one step closer to achieving our goal of providing 1,600 children with access to sinks and sanitation supplies in the classrooms of four partner schools in the villages of Broffoueby and Becedi. While we have met our financial requirements, we can continue to raise funds through this campaign until March 19th. Your donation will allow us to secure much-needed additional materials such as soap and towels, while pursuing our mission of enriching the lives of the women and children of the Ivory Coast. Thank you, Patsy Founder, Ivory Coast Mothers and Children
So many illnesses start with poor hand hygiene. Salmonella, campylobacter (cause of food poisoning, stomach and intestine inflammation), MRSA, flu, diarrhea and sickness, the common cold, and impetigo are just some of the viruses and infections passed between people who do not wash their hands properly with soap. A UNICEF study reports that the simple act of washing your hands with soap and water can cut diarrheal disease by one-third. The Center for Disease control reports that hand washing education and access to soap in schools can help improve attendance. Even in light of the Ebola outbreak, many village schools in and around Braffoueby, Ivory Coast, a region devastated by the civil war and poverty, continue to have limited access to running water and soap. Every school day a teacher sends a young girl to the well to fetch a bucket of water, where multiple kids dip their hands into the same bucket, many of whom [...]
When I started Ivory Coast Mothers and Children (ICMC) back in 2008 with a very devoted group of many kind and daring friends and family, I knew if by some miracle we ever made the Patricia Nau clinic a reality, its success would depend completely on a group of people from Braffoueby taking leadership roles together with the nurse and the midwife. They would be in the best position to determine the needs of the surrounding area and to spread awareness to the women and mothers in need of vital health services. My vision was clear: if this team was to be respected and given the right tools to do their job, and backed by ICMC in the US, the clinic would succeed. During my stay in Braffoueby last month, I was able to spend time with the men and women who have made that vision a reality. They share our goal which is [...]