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Drogba to build hospitals



Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has announced he will build five clinics in his homeland Ivory Coast to cater for children and women’s health.

The announcement was made by the secretary of his Didier Drogba Foundation, Guy Roland Tanoh, in Abidjan early this week.

Tanoh said 2.5 billion CFA francs ($5 million) will be invested in the projects, with one facility to be built in each of the five major cities of the West African country namely Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Man, Korhogo and San Pedro.

“The gala held in London helped us raise $ 2 billion CFA francs ($4 million),” Tanoh said. “The other 500 million francs ($1 million) will no longer be a problem to see this project come to reality, which has been Drogba’s greatest heart desire.”

Tanoh also revealed the foundation had given support to orphanages and several structures that address issues relating to underprivileged children.

The Didier Drogba Foundation was founded in 2007 and planned the construction of a £3 million hospital a year later, which is yet to see the light of the day. Tanoh did not clarify whether it would be one of the five new clinics.

However, Drogba's publicists have clarified that the foundation has now decided that rather than build one big hospital that may be difficult for many people to reach, it was more practical to build five clinics spread across the country to ensure that more people have access to the facilities

They also stated that "The first clinic will be in Abidjan on the site of the proposed hospital. Money raised for the project is from all Didier's commercial deals and money raised from charity events in London."

The 35-year-old, who now plays for Turkish club Galatasaray, had said the £3 million meant for the initial hospital project came from his image rights .

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