Who We Are
Ivory Coast Medical Relief Team (ICMRT) is a non-profit
humanitarian aid organization whose members are
Ivorians, or friends of Côte d’Ivoire living in the
United States of America. The organization holds 501.c.3
status and was incorporated in the State of Washington
in February 2003.
was originally dedicated to providing medical assistance
to the displaced and refugee populations of the Ivory
Coast from the 2002 civil war. It fulfilled this mission
by providing medical supplies to these populations in
partnership with other well-established US-based
organizations. Since 2006, the mission has expanded to
malaria prevention efforts with mosquito net
distribution, and education in small rural areas.
and its partner organizations are committed to providing
assistance to those in need regardless of ethnicity,
gender, religion or political affiliation. Our knowledge
of the country, its institutions and customs help break
barriers and ensure that donated items are effectively
used by recipients.
On September 19, 2002, after 39 years of independence, Ivory Coast, a country known for political and economic stability, awoke to another rebel-led coup. It was the second in less than 3 years.
Following the 2002 armed-rebellion, and in anticipation of post-war health related needs Ivory Coast Medical Relief Team (ICMRT) was created with a mission and vision to empower the people of Ivory coast to improve their healthcare.
Many years of civil war, political and civil unrest, post-electoral violence (Dec 2010 through April 2011) may have ended, but their effects continue to be felt through the lack of basic health care. This effect is even greater in rural areas, which are responsible for the crops that feed the population. Diseases, such as malaria, are responsible for depressed productivity and absenteeism in school among children. ICMRT’s work is as relevant today as it was in 2003.
In order to respond to this emergency, and in
anticipation of post-war health related needs,
Ivory Coast Medical Relief Team (ICMRT) was
created with a mission and vision to empower the people
of Ivory coast to improve their healthcare.. The war may
have ended, but its effects continue to be felt through
the lack of basic health care. This effect is even
greater in rural areas, which are responsible for the
crops that feed the population. Diseases, such as
malaria, are responsible for depressed productivity and
absenteeism in school among children. ICMRT’s work is as
relevant today as it was in 2003.
ICMRT has chosen to work with
non-governmental organizations operating in Ivory Coast
primarily for unrestricted access to areas. Furthermore
we are open to partnerships with any relief group
willing to provide medical aid to Ivory Coast.
A. Our US Partners:
Northwest Medical Teams (NWMTI),
Our first relief agency partner in the US is
Portland-based Northwest Medical Teams, a non-profit
humanitarian aid organization working to reduce
suffering around the world and in the Pacific Northwest.
You may visit NWMTI at
Program (MAP), Brunswick, GA Our
other relief agency partner is Medical Assistance
Program (MAP) from the Christian Medical and Dental
Association, based in Brunswick, Georgia, with MAP-WA
its west-african representation located in the Ivory
Coast. A description of MAP may be found at
Portland, OR exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and
oppression by helping people build secure, productive
and just communities. You may visit Mercy Corps at
B. Our In-Country Partners:
Centre d’Entomologie Médicale et Vétérinaire
Ivory Coast is our malaria project-execution partner.
CEMV is one of five research and teaching institutions in the world
specializing in tropical diseases carried by insects.
Coast is local non-profit organization and another
malaria project partner. Djigui has helped with mosquito
net storage and community mobilization efforts.
Through multiple partnerships, ICMRT has shipped
over 6 million dollars worth of medicines and
aids to the Ivory Coast from 2003 through the middle
of 2006. Most recently, we have started distributing
long lasting mosquito nets. Our programs primarily
target small villages in order to distribute
mosquito nets to all households. Other specifics
include the training of community health workers to
recognize and refer severe cases of malaria to
regional hospitals, to become the stewards of the
environment in order to eliminate mosquito breeding
grounds around dwellings and educate women groups in
ICMRT is making a difference one small village at a
time. You can join in this effort with your support.