The Pierre Delbet Village Program

The village

In the heart of Moapé, the Institut Pierre Delbet has developed the “Pierre Delbet Village” program.
Moapé is a village in Adzopé, lying in the south of Côte d’Ivoire, about 60 miles from the coast. The area surrounding the village is covered by dense hygrophilic and mesophilic forest. According to the 1998 census, there were 5672 habitants. A preliminary study conducted as part of the Pierre Delbet Village Program in 2014 recorded a population of 5985.

Moapé is part of the Akan cultural region. It is mainly inhabited by ethnic Akyé, who live there together with other peoples, resulting from internal and external migration – coming from other regions in Cote d’Ivoire or the bordering countries.
The subequatorial climate is characterized by modest temperature variation (25 oC to 30 oC) and high humidity (up to 80 – 90%). Rainfall is also high (up to 70 inches a year).

Life for the inhabitants of Moapé is marked by four seasons:
- The long dry season from December to April with very high temperatures and occasional rain
- The long rainy season from May to July
- The short dry season in August and September
- The short rainy season in October and November

The Pierre Delbet Village Program

Since 23 June 2014, a sample of 1000 inhabitants of Moapé have taken part in the Pierre Delbet Village program. In this village, where life expectancy is among the lowest in the world, a preliminary demographic study has been carried out, and the village will benefit from the OCBA dietary program, which will allow the people to develop optimal cellular biochemical activity.

Under the leadership of Bob Willard, Pierre Delbet Village Project Coordinator, associate researchers will carry out quarterly demographic studies in order to quantify health changes under the OCBA dietary regime.