The Elephants captain says he will build five hospitals in Cote D’Ivoire to help alleviate children and women’s health issues
Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba has promised to launch five hospital projects in his home country Cote D’Ivoire to make public health services more accessible to children and women in the West African country, which is slowly recovering from a fierce armed conflict that claimed more than 3000 lives in 2011.
The former Chelsea player will be working with his foundation - Didier Drogba Foundation – to realise the projects, according to Guy Roland Tanoh, who is secretary general of the charity structure founded in 2007.
Tanoh announced this week that total cost for the five facilities would be 2.5 billion CFA francs (€3.8 m), with 2 million CFA francs (€3m) already collected during a gala in London.
One hospital will be built in each of the country’s major cities Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Man, Korhogo and San Pedro, Tanoh said.
This not the first time Drogba is announcing the construction of a hospital meant for the underprivileged in the country. In 2008, he told local reporters he was about to make one of his greatest dreams in life come true by building a £3 million (€3.5m) hospital in the country’s commercial capital Abidjan. The huge site he bought for the project is now covered with Elephant grass.
Drogba, who abandoned a medical course for football, says he will only reconcile with his conscience by helping people through health facilities.