Start of program: 2014



  • 13.13 million inhabitants¹
  • 30,770 COVID-19 cases²




  • 2,330 patients monitored as part of the PREVAC-UP
  • 4,399 suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients cared for

Areas of intervention

  • Research and Innovation
  • Outbreak Response
  • Maternal health

Country context

In Guinea, maternal and infant mortality is still very high. Moreover, the Guinean health system was particularly affected by the Ebola epidemic in 2014³. 

Much of the Guinean population has inadequate access to medical facilities. The country’s health system has been further strained by various outbreaks, including the COVID-19 pandemic.


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ALIMA’s Impact – Our fieldwork

Implementation of research projects against Ebola

 Two research projects continued this year: 

  • The PREVAC (Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccination) phase II trial, which started in 2015, to identify an effective Ebola vaccine. In 2020, over 2,300 enrolled participants continued to be monitored, as part of a longer-term study, called PREVAC-UP.
  • The Ebovac III project, a trial that aims to evaluate the efficacy of an Ebola vaccine in infants younger than one year.

Implementation of the AIRE (Improving the Identification of Respiratory Distress in Children) Project

The implementation of the AIRE (Improving the Identification of Respiratory Distress in Children) project, which is funded by Unitaid, began in 2020. The AIRE teams collected information and established partnerships that are essential to the continuation of the project over the next few years. 

The project also adapted to the pandemic with “COVID-AIRE,” enabling the implementation of 30 patient triage circuits, the donation of 30 IPC triage kits, 34 pulse oximeters and 10 oxygen concentrators.


© Sylvain Cherkaoui / Cosmos for ALIMA

Focus on 2020

In 2020, ALIMA monitored 2,330 individuals in the PREVAC-UP project and provided care to 4,339 patients with COVID-19.

COVID-19 Response

To support the Guinean Ministry of Health’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic, ALIMA supported the Donka University Hospital in Conakry. Our teams set up a 450-bed treatment facility, including a triage area and laboratory, as well as a 40-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Over 4,000 confirmed patients received medical care,  including 700 in the ICU. More than 98% of COVID-19 patients that ALIMA cared for recovered. Our teams also trained over 380 people in the medical and psychological care of patients who have tested positive and reinforced Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures.

* Cover picture © Jennifer Lazuta / ALIMA

¹ World Bank (2020)

² Our World in Data (2021)

³ Unicef 2020

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