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Aspire to Maternal and Child Health (ASMI)

Dates: 2014-2016

Country: Cote d'Ivoire

Client(s): Mead Johnson, World Cocoa Foundation

Service: Technical Assistance

Expertise: Basic Education for Children and Adults, Early Childhood Development


Today, maternal and infant mortality is a major public health problem, particularly in developing countries where over 98% of maternal deaths worldwide occur. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that in 2013, the maternal mortality rate in Côte d’Ivoire was 720 deaths per 100,000 live births, while the average in the world for maternal mortality this year was 210 deaths per 100,000 live births.

To improve the situation of maternal and child health in cocoa communities in Côte d’Ivoire, and in alignment with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has awarded a grant to World Education to implement the Aspire to Maternal and Child Health (ASMI) project.

The project’s main objectives are to:

  • Construct maternal resource and childcare centers;
  • Provide functional literacy programs to mothers, with emphasis on maternal and child health (MCH);
  • Promote the improved health of infants;
  • Establish preschool activities, and
  • Ensure the sustainability of project activities through mothers’ associations (AME).
This three-year pilot project will take place in Gagnoa and Daloa Departments from 2014 to 2016. Six beneficiary communities were selected to be part of the project. Each beneficiary community must be a member of an agricultural cooperative. ASMI’s strategic partners include the farming agricultural cooperatives (UCDG –Union des Coopératives du Département de Gagnoa; CASAHS – Coopérative Agricole Sabari Kagni; Coopérative du Haut Sassandra, CAETD – Coopérative Agricole Eliè Tikpa de Daloa and ICAHS – Ivorienne Coopérative Anoanzè Haut Sassandra, the Regional Education Offices (DRENET) and the Departmental Directorates of Health.