Chaired by Professor Timité Konan A Marguerite, Honorary Professor of Pediatrics and President of the Ivorian Pediatrics Society, the conference saw the effective participation of the National Mother and The Child Health Program, representing the Ministry of Hygiene and Public Health, also the participation of the Pasteur Institute, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Côte d'Ivoire Red-Cross, the Concern Health Education project of Ghana and Save The Children in Côte d’Ivoire.
In Côte d'Ivoire, according to figures from the 2014 and 2015 Annual Health Situation Reports (AHSR), the incidence rate of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) is increasing with more than 202 cases per 1000 children in 2015 as compared to 165 cases out of every 1000 in 2014. ARI, including pneumonia, remain one of the major causes of children under 5 years death. Caused by viruses and bacteria, ARI impact could be reduced by acting on risk factors, particularly respiratory infections, malnutrition and air pollution which is very high in the country.
Head of AGIS, Sylla Aboubakar, congratulated conference attendees for active participation at this conference and called upon the organizations to work together to develop interventions to tackle the quiet and killer which is becoming the number one cause of under five mortality in Côte d’Ivoire.