Clinic’s Six Year Anniversary

Thanks to the generosity of many friends and family, friends of friends and people far and wide, we have been able to build and support this clinic for six years supplied with medicine and medical equipment. We are grateful to the dedicated staff who work tirelessly sometimes through the night to save lives and create miracles.

View the 6 Year Celebration 2019 Gallery


By |2019-09-27T21:01:42+00:00June 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cocktails for Clean Water

Renee Golas hosted a cocktail party at Barr Lupo on March 13, 2017 to raise money to build a cistern for clean water at the clinic. A very special anonymous donor is writing a check for the remaining money necessary to fund the project. The trip to build the cistern is scheduled for November 2017!  The village, the staff at the clinic and ICMC are anticipating this very welcome addition for disease prevention. Thank you to Renee, the donors at the party and an especially generous donor to make this urgent need possible.

By |2017-09-29T15:30:50+00:00September 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Honoring Ivory Coast Mothers and Children – May 2017

Ivory Coast Mothers and Children was honored in the region of Sikensi on May 1, their Labor Day. Our founder, Patricia Nau Mertz on behalf of ICMC received a certificate for being “a force that stimulates progress.” in the midst of the pomp and circumstance of a parade with colorfully dressed officials and representatives from the villages.

Vitamin Angels provided prenatal vitamins for all of the expectant mothers in two villages, as well as vitamins for the children between the ages of 1-5 who are most vulnerable to malnutrition and disease.

Thank you to all who donated dolls, toys and clothes for the orphans and brand new baby clothes for the newborns which is an incentive for making prenatal visits.

If you would like to get involved or participate in any way for our next trip, please contact us. All donations and love is welcome.

By |2017-09-27T06:30:44+00:00June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

April 2017 Braffoueby Visit

In April of 2017 Patricia Mertz traveled to the village of Braffoueby with Laura and Matthew Gifford OD of Red Eye Eyewear and Tammy Heldt, Optician at Aardvark Eyewear.  In Sub-Saharan Africa Optometrists are outnumbered 8,000 to 1 leaving many children and adults without access to proper vision care. Together, they screened over 600 people for glaucoma and cataracts, and measured for prescription lenses. They handed out over 1000 pairs of sunglasses and reading glasses and also eye drops for glaucoma and drops for red, itchy eyes thanks to Alcon. The village was grateful for their time, generosity and knowledge. Next September, ICMC will deliver and fit those new glasses and many will be able to see for the first time.

By |2017-06-01T20:15:47+00:00June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Africa Trip November 2016 – Bibita Rally

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.

By |2017-06-01T20:28:46+00:00May 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Africa Trip November 2016 – Pharmaceuticals

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.

By |2017-06-01T20:28:12+00:00May 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Giving the Gift of Soap and Water

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,

Founder, Ivory Coast Mothers and Children

By |2016-03-22T15:52:59+00:00March 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Give the Gift of Soap and Water

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 may not have washed their hands with soap. This same bucket is used as their source of water for the day.  Lack of sanitation, including poor sanitation of washing equipment, leads to disease, which can create life long detrimental effects for children including school dropout.

Through our partnership with the Patricia Nau Clinic, ICMC seeks to reach 1,600 children with access to 28 new sinks and sanitation supplies in the classrooms of four partner schools in the villages of Broffoueby and Becedi. Water fall in the area is abundant and wells are located near the schools.  This project is expected to take 30 days to complete.

The total cost of this project is $5,029.  The project budget includes:

  • 12 sinks and building supplies for 1 school in Braffoueby = $2,000
    • *supplies include pipes, sand, gravel, cement, and paint
  • 16 sinks and building supplies for 3 schools in Becedi = $3,029

Please, help us reach our fundraising goal to save lives and put sinks in the classrooms and teach the proper technique with soap!

All My Best,


Founder, Ivory Coast Mothers and Children

By |2016-03-22T15:51:26+00:00February 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Best is Yet to Come

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 to see that the most vulnerable in the community receive the health services they need. I was able to see the strides they’ve made, from encouraging routine health and wellness checkups for the babies to teaching daily disease prevention habits to the many healthy births that are being celebrated throughout the village. Each stride—no matter how small—is significant, because it makes an improvement in the lives of these wonderful people. And it’s an improvement we couldn’t have made without your help.

Thanks to the support of our many generous donors, during this trip we were able to provide the clinic with computers to increase communication and record keeping. Starting in February we are funding a very talented person from Braffoueby, Oscar, to teach the 8 employees how to use them, Google Docs and Google Share so that all of the documents are transparent. Additionally,  we are ready for another monsoon season because the sidewalks are in and the bushes and flowers have been planted. And most importantly, because the village has witnessed ICMC’s ongoing commitment, we were able to solidify a Management Committee made of some of the most influential members of the community to steer the progress and success of the Patrica Nau Clinic — just as we envisioned in the very beginning.

In the coming months I will be excited to share with you more details about the committee members themselves, as well as the initiatives we have put together to make 2016 a year of great progress.

All My Best,


Founder, Ivory Coast Mothers and Children

By |2016-11-09T17:38:06+00:00January 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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