Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Our Abidjan Story

The Republic of the Ivory Coast, on the south coast of the western bulge of Africa, is bordered to the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, to the east by Ghana, to the south the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean and to the west by Liberia and Guinea. Except for the prolongation of the Guinea Highlands in the northwest (from Man to Odienne), with peaks rising to 4000 and 5,000ft, most of the Ivory Coast is a vast plateau, tilted gently towards the Atlantic. It is drained by four major rivers running roughly parallel from north to south, the Cavally (on the Liberian frontier), Sassandra, Bandama and Comoe. They are not of much value for transportation as they are sluggish in the dry season, broken by numerous falls and rapids and subject to torrential flooding in the rains.

In 2012, GSF partnered with West African sponsor, FATOM, who has non-profit activities including education and health care throughout several West African countries and has been a generous sponsor of GSF on its previous missions to Burkina Faso and Senegal.

Mission Statistics

(From GSF’s most recent mission — September 4-14, 2014)

GSF took a small team of highly qualified medical professionals to focus on continual education and empowerment of the Ivorian medical staff. Throughout the week, GSF activities included hands on training sessions with local medical practitioners, going back and forth between our textbook, accompanying DVD, and the operating room.

In addition to the extensive week long training course, GSF also donated enough sutures and other surgical supplies for the Ivorian medical team to continue their great work over the next year.


  • 2 Surgeons
  • 1 Pediatric Cardiologist
  • 1 OR Nurse
  • 2 Ivorian Mission Coordinators


  • 7 Patients Screened
  • 4 Corrective Surgical Procedures Performed Including:
  • 2 Cleft Lip Repairs
  • 2 Cleft Lip Revisions

Previous Missions

  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 09/2010
  • 04/2010
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