New Horizons: Muso Launches First Ivorian Site
Official ceremony held by the Ivorian government, the local community, and Muso for the launch of operations in Diapé, Muso’s first test site serving approximately 7K patients. During the ceremony, the Sous-Prefet of the Mé Region, the Mayor of Diapé, and Muso's Country Director, Dr. Amadou Beydi Cissé, delivered speeches recognizing the occasion.
On Wednesday, March 16th, 2022, Muso, the Ivorian government, and our local community partners held an official ceremony for the launch of operations in Diapé, our test site serving approximately 7,000 patients in the district of Adzopé, Côte d’Ivoire. At the Diapé site, our team will test an array of assumptions to inform our expansion in Côte d’Ivoire, particularly our projections regarding increases in patient flow, costs, and what adaptations are necessary for our Proactive Care model to see similar impact in the Ivorian context.
The government of Côte d’Ivoire has set out to transform its national health system to better serve its population of 26 million. In late 2019, Muso launched a technical assistance partnership with the Ministry of Health in Côte d’Ivoire, embedding within the Department of Community Health to support the development and adoption of a national approach to dedicated Community Health Worker (CHW) supervision. Muso's team worked with our partners to plan, cost, and operationalize a new cadre of dedicated supervisors who will be deployed to support CHWs in government-run sites across the country - building the foundation for national scale.
In 2020, we deepened this partnership, committing to a long-term operational research partnership with the government of Côte d’Ivoire. By the end of 2021, Muso and the Ivorian government completed selection of joint operational research sites and started preparations across the two districts we aim to serve. Our objective is to ultimately provide direct service to approximately 250,000 patients in the country.
Muso is thrilled to be launching direct service sites to test community health strategies for rapid, universal health care in Côte d'Ivoire.
Meet Claudia, a new Muso Community Health Worker (CHW). During the training of potential CHWs and supervisors in Diapé, we asked her why she wants to be a CHW. Her answer:
“I want to become a CHW because first and foremost health is paramount. I would be proud to look after my siblings by helping them access care and giving them advice — especially on malaria and malnutrition because these cases are really frequent in my village. I want to help my village, my brothers and sisters and I also want to learn more about the field of health.” — Claudia Logbo, Muso CHW