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Ivory Coast

Social conditions

The civil war in the early 2000s destroyed much of the Ivory Coast's healthcare system. Visit AbbreviationFinder to see the definitions of IC and acronym for Ivory Coast. The northern part of the country was particularly hard hit. Only half of the population has access to basic health care. With African dimensions, the Ivory Coast is a rich country, but at the same time it is characterized by large class divisions and regional differences. Unemployment is high, after the civil war 40-50%. Nearly half of the population lives on less than $ 2 a day. Especially in the northern parts of the country and in the slums in the major cities of Yamoussoukro and Abidjan, there is widespread malnutrition.

Society of Ivory Coast

In 2005, 4% of GDP was spent on health care. 750,000 people were then estimated to be living with AIDS - one of the highest numbers in West Africa. In 2004, there were one doctor and six nurses per 10,000 residents. In 2006, 17% of children were born underweight, and 127 ‰ died before the age of five. 81% of the population had access to clean water and 24% to satisfactory wastewater.

Child labor is common, especially in agriculture and industry, even though children under 14 are not allowed to work. Only a small part of the population is unionized. Previously, there was only one authorized union organization in the Ivory Coast, the Union Générale des Travailleurs de Côte d'Ivoire (UGTCI). In connection with the introduction of multi-party systems, several other trade unions arose, often linked to the parties. Although discrimination against union members is prohibited by law, it often occurs in practice.

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