Despite years of investment, Cote d’Ivoire still shows one of the highest levels of mortality in the region, mostly communicable illnesses like respiratory infection, malaria, diarrhea, and meningitis, and HIV/AIDs. Yet with similar risk factors present in neighboring countries, why are these illnesses so much deadlier in my country? Unsafe sex, mother- and child malnutrition play a big role; so does air pollution, unsafe water and lack of handwashing. What happens in the hospitals matters too.
As a business student at the International University Grand Bassam, I am always interested in changing markets and industries. I hope that by accessing wider markets and empowering local talent, Cote d’Ivoire will benefit from the advances in technology, logistics and payments that are already benefitting the developed world.
There is no one culture or religion associated with prosperity and peace. Rather, prosperity and peace will come when we find common ground and work within our diverse communities to see good in one another.