Adventist Review Online | In Côte d’Ivoire, Church Headquarters Leads in Community Health Initiatives

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Division volunteers offer health screening and deworming in public schools, markets.

Volunteers from the West-Central Africa Division (WAD) headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church embarked on a screening and deworming initiative in southern Côte d’Ivoire in early December 2018. Regional church offices are located in nearby Abidjan, the capital of the country.

Through the church headquarters leaders’ and staff’s initiative, more than 6,000 students enrolled in kindergarten, primary, and secondary public schools, as well as 219 teachers of Ayamé city, benefited from this campaign.

  • On behalf of West-Central Africa Division (WAD) president Elie Weick-Dido, Vincent Roger Same, WAD Ministerial Association director, talks to local media outlets about the Adventist Church health initiative in December 2018. “These actions … remain one of the means by which we bring happiness, joy, and hope to our population,” he said. [Photo: West-Central Africa Division News]
  • A group of West-Central Africa Division volunteers who brought health screening and took part in deworming campaigns in towns of southern Côte d’Ivoire in December 2018. [Photo: West-Central Africa Division News]

The operation began with free diabetes and blood pressure screening. It also featured a deworming exercise in Ayamé schools 1, 2, and 4, which includes three elementary schools and a kindergarten.

According to Tia Michel and Djaha Maltilde from one of the Ayamé elementary schools and the kindergarten respectively, the Adventist-led operation is a good initiative, especially in schools where children are more exposed to these health challenges. “The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s screening and deworming campaign has been a good action,” Michel said. “The first one has allowed us as teachers to know our health markers regarding diabetes and high blood pressure, two conditions affecting many today.”

Maltilde also touted the benefits of the deworming campaign. “Students dewormed will keep in good health and become better students,” she said.

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