Our Story

This story was set in motion some 40 years ago when Lorna Kingston, later followed by her younger sister Shirley Assandey, moved to the remote village of Bécédi, in the South-East of Côte d'Ivoire to support the care of at-risk prenatal (before birth) and postpartum patients.

These two veteran health workers are the aunt and mother, respectively, of La Ruche Health founder, Rory Assandey.

Shirley
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Reduced Infant Mortality With Preventative Care

In 1987, ½ of all deaths in Côte d'Ivoire were children under the age of five. Shirley and her elder sister Lorna Kingston, along with their team, lead a Maternal Health Care (MHC) center that contributed significantly to the betterment of these conditions by transferring knowledge of effective healthcare education and delivery.

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Fought Measles, Yellow Fever & Polio

From the 80’s to the early 2000s, they led a team that drove the execution of immunization programs against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, tuberculosis, yellow fever, and measles with considerable short and long term success.

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Preparedness For Outbreaks

Healthcare education, immunization programs and improvements in clinical processes and sanitary standards were all building blocks that led to the country’s preparedness for outbreaks such as Ebola in 2014, Dengue fever in 2017 and most recently COVID19 in 2020 being judged a success by the global health community.

Shirley

Next Chapter

In this next chapter, Rory leads a team of social impact entrepreneurs united by a passion to help champion health workers and the communities they serve. 100% of our founding team lives or has lived in Sub-Saharan Africa and have been directly impacted by the challenges currently experienced. . This has served as motivation for us to pursue our mission with diligence and focus.

The Team

Rory Assandey

Rory Assandey

Co-founder

Technology

Olaoluwa Obilana

Olaoluwa Obilana

Co-founder

Finance

Moustapha Kone

Moustapha Kone

Co-founder

Operations

Tinuola Ajayi

Tinuola Ajayi

Consultant

Healthcare