Marie-Chantal’s story

Bouaké, Ivory Coast

« I have been a midwife for 12 years, I work at the Bouaké University Hospital Center. I chose this profession because I have always loved children. »

«Exercising in the village is complicated for many reasons. We must not only do with the means at hand, but we must do everything. And often without electricity or drinking water on site. In the village, you are a doctor, nurse and midwife at the same time. And it is very important to be adopted by the population and to sensitize them otherwise the women will not come.

I would like midwives to also be at the decision-making level, just like doctors. Because today only doctors decide and we are forbidden to speak.

I would also like to see progress in terms of family planning. Why does it stop. Why women are always too reserved on this subject. In Africa we depend on husbands which sometimes complicates certain aspects in this area in particular.

I am familiar with the soap opera “That’s Life!” »Which depicts 2 kinds of midwives. The one who wants to and the one who is always putting a stone in each other’s wheels. Situations that we live. “


©Sophie Garcia / UNICEF



Strengthening the quality of care in health structures for mothers, newborns and young children is a fundamental issue in reducing mortality.

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