9th Pan-African Conference of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies
The First Lady, Dominique Ouattara, Honorary President of the Red Cross of Côte d'Ivoire, sponsored the opening ceremony of the 9th Pan-African Conference of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies on Monday, April 10th 2017, at the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire of Cocody. For this Pan-African meeting which is taking place from April 09th to 12th, 2017, more than 54 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and representatives from all over the world meet in Abidjan on the banks of The Ebrié Lagoon around the theme: "Investing in Africa". The event was attended by the First Lady, Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of Côte d'Ivoire and Mrs. Raymonde Goudou Coffie, Minister of Health and the Fight against AIDS.
The First Lady, Dominique Ouattara, Honorary President of the Red Cross, welcomed the initiative of organizing this conference in Abidjan. Mrs. Dominique Ouattara not only made the parallel between her humanitarian organization and the Red Cross commitments, but also revealed several points of convergence between this commitment and that of the NGO. In this perspective, the wife of the Head of State said she felt personally concerned by this conference. "(…) Children of Africa Foundation, which I founded 20 years ago, was inspired by Mr. Marc Gentilini, who in 1998 was the President of the French Red Cross. Since the foundation was founded under the guidance of this great man committed to the defense of humanity, our actions in favor of the most deprived people often meet those of the Red Cross. I feel personally concerned by the mission you are carrying out, and I understand all the more the realities you have to face. Indeed, the Foundation's actions are also made possible thanks to the support of generous donors and national and international partners with whom we work. So, in addition to being the President of the Red Cross, our convictions converge in terms of humanity, solidarity, fraternity and mutual aid, "said Dominique Ouattara. The First Lady, Dominique Ouattara ended by encouraging members of the Cross and Red Crescent. "By mobilizing all our resources and energies in a strong partnership, we will be able to build a stronger and more autonomous Africa," said Dominique Ouattara, Honorary President of the Red Cross of Côte d'Ivoire.