West Africa

CARE in West Africa

In fiscal year 2013, we worked in 86 countries, supporting 927 humanitarian aid and development projects to reach more than 97 million people. We carried out programs in the following 11 countries throughout West Africa:

Our Work in West Africa

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

What About Men & Boys?

When men and boys are most actively engaged in fighting poverty, real and lasting change is more...

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

HIV & AIDS

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Support Food Aid Reform

What if we can feed 4 million more hungry people globally, without spending an extra dollar?

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Hunger in Emergencies

When emergency strikes, hunger can be close behind.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from West AfricaLiberiaSierra Leone

Ebola Cases Reach More Than 20,000

Sharing Household Work: A Story from Mali

This is a story told to us by Ousmane Goulaka after he received training on gender and social transformation as part of CARE’s Pathways to Empowerment program in Mali. Pathways to Empowerment is based on the conviction that women farmers possess enormous potential to contribute to long-term food security for their families and substantially impact nutritional outcomes in sustainable ways.

2/17/15

Don’t Touch: Life in Ebola Stricken Sierra Leone

Don’t touch.” I hear this slogan over and over again here in Sierra Leone. I am on a visit with my colleagues from CARE Sierra Leone and our regional office for Western Africa to meet...

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Ebola Cases Reach More Than 20,000

For those living in West Africa, Ebola is a terrifying part of daily life. New numbers released from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday show Ebola has infected 20,081 people and killed 7,842. There have been close to 400 new cases in just four days. And TIME reports that the epidemic may last a full second year.

Residents are prisoners in their own homes. Children aren't going to school. Adults are afraid to go...

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Ebola: CARE responds to prevent spread across borders in West Africa

ATLANTA (Nov. 25, 2014) - As efforts continue to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, CARE is escalating its response to help prevent the spread of the virus across borders into Ivory Coast and Mali.

With new cases being reported in Mali, CARE is working with the government and other agencies to halt the spread of Ebola through education, awareness and hygiene promotion in vulnerable communities throughout the country. The goal is to increase awareness and knowledge of Ebola symptoms, how to report and seek treatment and to promote...

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11/25/14

It's Time to Stop Digging Graves for Our Daughters

At the age of 22, Mariam [1] survived a rape, and thought her life was over. She never thought that she would pull through this ordeal...

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Ivory Coast: Stopping Ebola at the Borders

Adjoua Martine Konan had heard people in this cocoa-farming region of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) talk about the Ebola outbreak that was ravaging neighboring Liberia and Guinea. But Konan didn’t think the outbreak was real. “I thought it was just a rumor,” she said, “created by Westerners to stop us from eating bush meat.”

Her community, like many here in western Cote d’Ivoire, has long depended on bush meat, including small rodents, as a source of vital protein. So it was hard to accept what health experts were saying: the handling and consumption of Ebola-infected bush meat can...

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CNN - Cost of containing Ebola on the rise (video)

CARE Pres. and CEO, Dr. Helene Gayle, discusses the dangerous economic fallout from West Africa's Ebola outbreak.

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CBS 46 - Local humanitarian group urges staff to use caution

Medical teams in west Africa treated patients infected with Ebola as they tried to prevent the disease from spreading.

In Washington, D.C., Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, told lawmakers the CDC is on its highest alert level.

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CARE Statement on Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

CARE is deeply concerned by the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa and is committed to working closely with health officials in the region to help educate the public and end this outbreak.

The current Ebola outbreak is, by far, the deadliest-ever outbreak of this rare, severe and usually fatal hemorrhagic fever. 729 people have died so far in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to Nigerian health officials, a Liberian man died of Ebola on July 25 in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa’s largest city.

CARE is using our relationships in communities across...

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Sahel Hunger Crisis: CARE's Response

Updated January 2014

CARE has conducted our emergency response operations in Chad, Mali and Niger, reaching people in these countries with immediate lifesaving assistance and long-term programs that address resilience among the most vulnerable people in the face of recurring crises by:

Providing cash-for-work to help families buy food and protect their assets; Training nurses on prevention and management of malnutrition; Improving water and sanitation and promoting hygiene; Strengthening community cereal banks so families can buy food at reasonable prices,...
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Commonly Asked Questions About the Sahel Food Crisis

Chronic crisis?

"The world needs to accept that many parts of Niger and the Sahel are now in a state of chronic crisis," explained Barbara Jackson, Humanitarian Director, CARE International, in 2012.

She continued, "Many families have still not yet recovered from the food crisis of 2010. While families in critical need today need emergency assistance, we also need to find long-term solutions to help people survive in an environment that is becoming more difficult to live in because of a changing climate. Rains are shorter and less frequent; pasture land...

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