The Alliance for International Medical Action, ALIMA, offers a new way of collaboration between humanitarian organizations. ALIMA puts network and strengthens national NGOs of humanitarian medicine to implement demanding care projects both in the quality of medicine in the number of patients treated. These projects are both in humanitarian emergencies and in chronic crisis contexts that require the development of medium-term projects.
ALIMA’s innovative operational approach and research programmes deepen the impact of our humanitarian work and help us save as many lives as possible. The funds entrusted to ALIMA allow us to:
Treat more patients and save even more lives by providing high-quality medical care that is adapted to each humanitarian crisis;
Offer improved treatments in ongoing medical crises such as malaria, acute malnutrition and associated illnesses. We also deliver comprehensive and systematic paediatric treatment programmes to reduce infant and child mortality;
Invest in medical innovation by using research to improve what we do in humanitarian crises, we seek to deliver sustainable medical solutions to people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to treatment.
“In Niger, ALIMA and BEFEN have developed strategies that get mums to participate in screening their children for malnutrition. This strategy has identified sick children at an earlier stage and significantly reduced the numbers who are hospitalized. In 2015, they treated nearly 50,000 severely malnourished children”. Amadou Alzouma, programme officer of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO)
“Today we have amassed one hundred years’ experience in humanitarian aid. The contexts are evolving and with them the needs of the populations. Operational research is paramount for finding solutions to increasingly complex health problems”. Dr Moumouni Kinda, ALIMA programme officer
ALIMA brings together stakeholders committed to serving the health of the most vulnerable. Together they are inventing a new kind of emergency humanitarian medicine for the 21st century. ALIMA develops innovative approaches designed to fill the gap between medical needs in crisis situations and the responses of the humanitarian aid system. This approach is based on four principles: proximity, alliance, quality, and research.