Ipsos conducted public opinion polls on behalf of the Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 (PERC), a consortium of global public health organisations and private sector firms. PERC was created in March 2020 with the objective of providing African Union Member States with real-time information and guidance to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the continent.
The polling was conducted in 18 African Union Member States to understand the public’s knowledge, risk perception, attitudes, access to information, reactions, behaviours and practices related to COVID-19.
Key findings in Ivory Coast:
- Support and adherence for personal Public Health and Social Measures (PHSMs): The majority of Ivorian respondents report high levels of support and adherence to personal PHSMs and nearly 70% favor loosening restrictions overall to boost the economy.
- Risk perceptions & information: Ivorians respondents’ perceptions of disease risk and severity are low, compared to other Member States that were surveyed. Misconceptions are widespread among Ivorian respondents, especially related to foreign interference.
- Essential health services: Households in Côte d’Ivoire are experiencing significant disruptions to essential health services during the COVID 19 crisis. A high proportion of Ivorian respondents who needed health care had difficulty accessing health care visits (37%) and medicines (33%). Vaccinations represent almost 20% of missed health care visits, which could have substantial health impacts and may require a policy response to strengthen prevention and ensure continued access to treatment.
- Economic burden & food security: Ivorian respondents are facing significant economic burdens with the vast majority reporting income losses (83%), and many are facing difficulty accessing food. Meanwhile, fewer than 10% of households reported receiving any additional government assistance in the past month.