Muso Launches 24 Rapid Care Sites in Côte d’Ivoire to Provide Quality Care for Over 77,000 Patients
Ceremony held by the Ivorian government, the local community, and Muso at the rural health center of Dabadougou (one of the 24 rapid care sites) for the official launch of ProCCM in the sanitary district of Madinani where Muso will serve over 77K patients.
On Tuesday, December 20th, 2022, Muso, the Ivorian government, and our local community partners came together to mark the launch of operations in the district of Madinani, Côte d’Ivoire where we will be serving over 77,000 people.
After launching a technical assistance partnership with the Ministry of Health of Côte d’Ivoire in 2019, and deepening our collaboration into an operational research partnership in 2020, Muso is thrilled to be launching 24 additional direct service sites in the country nine months after the successful launch of operations in our test site of Diapé. With the objective to ultimately provide direct service to over 242,000 patients by the end of 2023, Muso looks forward to continuing to test community health strategies for rapid, universal health care in Côte d’Ivoire and to support the government in its vision to transform its national health system.
"Brick by brick, we are well on our way to turning our dream into reality: saving lives through access to quality health care and services for the population of Madinani," states Dr. Amadou Beydi Cissé, Muso's Country Director in Côte d'Ivoire
Lessons Learned from Diapé
In March, Muso launched direct service delivery in our test site of Diapé, where we serve approximately 7,000 patients. We continue to iterate on how to best implement Rapid Care in the Ivorian context, with some challenges and positive outcomes along the way. Notably, in the first two weeks after launch, we saw a more than 10x increase in patient visits in the Primary Health Care Facility (ESPC) of Diapé.
“Before [Muso], women would start coming in for prenatal consultations at 24-25 weeks. Now, they start coming in at 8 weeks,” notes Aïchatou Ouattara, Midwife at the ESPC.
While similarly dramatic increases in access have been documented in Muso's Mali sites, our team has also noted important differences between the Malian and Ivorian context, which impact the ways in which we provide medical supplies and rapid care. It is important to note that Madinani, a district in north-western Côte d’Ivoire, also presents a different environmental, socioeconomic and cultural context from that of Diapé, and will certainly present a unique set of challenges — and opportunities — as well.
If we have learned anything from our experience in Diapé thus far, it is that the order-of-magnitude change in access is indicative that Muso’s Rapid Care model can adapt and serve in this new context. The Muso team looks forward to taking on these new challenges and learning as we go, so we may continue to support our government partners in the delivery of the promise for universal health care for all.