Research project

NGOs facing health system failures in northern Côte d'Ivoire: palliative or substitute?

Access to medical care remains very difficult in the former areas besieged by the rebellion, In particular, the rural areas of the northern region of Côte d’Ivoire, whose rare and deteriorating health structures, long before the war, are now in a very advanced state of degradation. In these circumstances, the support of NGOs is still crucial for the health of populations. The main objective of Toily Anicet ZRAN’s research is to question the impact and the stakes of the action of NGOs in the health sector in northern Côte d’Ivoire in the face of failures of state health structures.


Mr. Toily Anicet ZRAN also conducted research on behalf of the Red Cross Movement in 2016: The French Red Cross in the Test of the Ebola Outbreak in Guinea: Analysis of an Emergency Humanitarian Response in a Context of a Multidimensional Crisis

Dr. Toily Anicet ZRAN, PhD in Health History (Felix Houphouët-Boigny University, Côte d’Ivoire) and a specialist in infectious diseases, is a professor-researcher in History, attached to the Centre for Research on the History of the Peoples of the Savannah of Africa (CRESHA) of the Alassane Ouattara University of Bouaké in Côte d’Ivoire. This research programme has had two different but complementary components. The first part aims to analyse how the action of the French Red Cross was perceived internally and externally by patients, populations and other stakeholders involved in the fight against Ebola in Guinea through a field study that was conducted for a year and concluded in September 2016, under the scientific supervision of Mr. Jean-Pierre Dozon, anthropologist and scientific director of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) in Paris.