Start of program: 2011



  • 19.7 million inhabitants
  • 672,000 chronically malnourished children
  • 790,000 people in need of humanitarian aid
*Data from 2018


  • 6,832 children treated for malnutrition
  • 42,134 pediatric consultations
  • 63,672 mothers trained to use the MUAC bracelet to screen their children for malnutrition
*Data from 2019

Areas of intervention

Emergency response

Country context

Ranked among the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso is in a high-risk zone for contagious diseases, such as meningitis and measles.

In addition, the security situation has deteriorated considerably in recent years, particularly in the north and east of the country, causing the interruption of many basic services and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people due to insecurity.

This instability is compounded by food insecurity as a result of low agricultural production. This is linked to climate disruption, which is causing irregular rainfall and desertification.

The combination of these factors has alarming consequences: more than 3.5 million people are food insecure, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children under 5 years of age, who are most at risk.

© What Took You So Long / ALIMA

ALIMA’s Impact – Our fieldwork

Free medical care for children

In collaboration with our local partners, Keoogo and SOS Médecins Burkina Faso, ALIMA has set up various programs to offer free quality health care to the population.

ALIMA’s activities in Burkina Faso focus on the detection, treatment and prevention of malnutrition, as well as the management of pediatric emergencies. These activities include:


  • training mothers to use the MUAC (Mid-Upper Arm Circumference) bracelet to monitor the nutritional status of their children;
  • a research project called “TreatFOOD” to measure and compare the effectiveness of different treatments for the management of moderate acute malnutrition in children aged 6 to 23 months;
  • the “OptiMA” research project, which aims to simplify the treatment of acute malnutrition.
© Jennifer Lazuta / ALIMA

Emergency response 

During the failed coup in 2015, ALIMA set up an emergency response to care for the wounded and provide mother and child health care at the Yalgado Hospital in Ouagadougou.

Our teams also implemented the pilot phase of a chemo-prevention campaign for seasonal malaria in the districts of Yako and Boussé.

During an outbreak of dengue fever in 2016, ALIMA and its local partners supported the Burkinabe Ministry of Health to provide free medical care to patients at the Yalgado University Hospital Center and two district hospitals in Ouagadougou.

Within the framework of the Regional Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) in the “3 borders” zone of Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali, ALIMA and its partners are currently deploying relief responses to isolated and displaced populations in the North, Central-North and Sahel regions of Burkina Faso. This Rapid Response Mechanism allows an intervention to be launched within a maximum of 72 hours from the time an alert is received and confirmed. Since its launch, the RRM has enabled more than 22,000 people to be treated.

Learn more about the RRM (Rapid Response Mechanism for Emergencies)

Focus on 2019

In 2019 ALIMA carried out 42,134 pediatric consultations, treated 6,832 children against malnutrition and trained 63, 672 mothers to use the Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) bracelet to  prevent and detect malnutrition in their children.

COVID-19 response 

In March 2020, ALIMA and its partners, KEOOGO and SOS Médecins Burkina Faso, began supporting the Burkinabe Ministry of Health in its response to the COVID-19 outbreak: first at the Tengandogo University Hospital and then at Bogodogo Hospital (July 2020), both located in Ouagadougou, as well as the Kaya Regional Hospital, northeast of the capital. The teams participated in the installation of triage zones, the development of care units, the organization of care and the delivery of care, in collaboration with the hospitals’ medical teams.

ALIMA has also reinforced the standard of care with medical material and equipment, as well as additional human resources.

In total, ALIMA and our partners treated approximately 300 confirmed cases, including 100 patients in a severe and/or critical condition. Among these, just over 250 patients were cured.

At the same time, the consortium is training healthcare personnel in the care of patients who tested positive for COVID-19, as well as in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures. This teaching of good practices and procedures adapted to the outbreak context helps reduce the risk of transmission of the virus among caregivers, patients and families. In total, nearly 500 health workers (doctors, nurses, hygienists, etc.) have been trained.

In September 2020, ALIMA began offering primary health care for populations vulnerable to the virus in five health centers in the city of Kaya and in Ouagadougou.


* Cover picture © What Took You So Long / ALIMA

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