Start of program : 2011

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  • 20.25 million inhabitants¹
  • 3.5 million people face food insecurity²
  • 185,000 children with severe acute malnutrition³


  • 14,442 children treated for acute malnutrition
  • 133,452 mothers trained to use the MUAC bracelet (measurement of the mid upper arm circumference of babies or children)


  • Outbreak response
  • Maternal health
  • Conflicts and population movement
  • Nutrition
  • Research and Innovation

Country context

Since the beginning of the Malian crisis in January 2012, the security situation in Mali has remained very unstable. The emergence of armed groups amid intercommunity tensions has led to significant population movements. In 2020 there were 332,957 displaced persons in the country, compared to 207,751 in 2019. Livelihoods are precarious: nearly 979,000 people, mostly children, suffer from acute malnutrition.⁵

Since 2011, ALIMA has been present in Mali with its partner, the Malian NGO AMCP-SP (Medical Alliance Against Malaria – Population Health). Together, they provide medical assistance to the country’s most vulnerable populations.

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ALIMA’s Impact – Our fieldwork

Since 2011, ALIMA has been operating in Mali in partnership with the Malian NGO AMCP-SP (Medical Alliance Against Malaria – Population Health). Together, we provide medical assistance to the country’s most vulnerable populations.


Rapid emergency response for injured or displaced persons

In the north of the country, ALIMA and AMCP-SP performed 97 emergency surgeries at the hospital in Goundam. In the district of Niono, ALIMA and AMCP-SP intervened at 29 IDP sites with three mobile clinics, providing 17,173 people with access to medical and nutritional care.

Implementation of the OptiMA research project

The OptiMA research project (Optimizing the treatment of acute MAlnutrition) resulted in the  treatment of 661 children  included in the study with a simplified care protocol. In 2020, ALIMA and AMCP-SP began working in the Mopti region to strengthen access to medical and nutritional care. In addition, the URENI-school project in Dioïla trained health professionals from 65 districts in the care of severe acute malnutrition.

Focus on 2020

In 2020, ALIMA and AMCP-SP provided medical nutritional care, conducted over 13,000 general and pediatric medical consultations, and assisted in more than 3,000 deliveries. Additionally, ALIMA trained some 130,000 mothers to detect the early signs of malnutrition in their children at using the MUAC bracelet.


COVID-19 Response

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a triage system was implemented, and 833 health workers were trained in Infection Prevention and Control measures.

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* Cover picture © Nana Kofi Acquah / ALIMA


¹ World bank 2020

² UNOCHA (United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian) 2020

³ United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 2020

International Organization for Migration (OIM) 2020 

⁵ According to the Harmonized Framework 2020

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Combating child and maternal mortality: medical and surgical care

In Mali, ALIMA is doing everything possible to reduce child mortality resulting from the deadly diseases, such as acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, malnutrition and malaria. As part of the strategy to fight malaria in Mali, ALIMA/AMCP-SP work  with local health authorities to set up seasonal malaria chemoprevention campaigns for children under five years of age.

In order to reduce infant and maternal mortality, ALIMA supports Malian health structures in maternal and pediatric health care and response to outbreaks. This care is free of charge and includes the treatment of children and pregnant women suffering from malaria, as well as the screening and treatment of acute malnutrition in children. Research projects are also conducted in Mali with the Ministry of Health to improve the medical care of the population.

Focus on 2019

ALIMA provided medical care in 119 health centers and performed 442 emergency surgeries at the Goundam hospital. That same year, ALIMA teams carried out nearly 100,000 general and pediatric consultations and helped more than 2,177 women give birth safely. ALIMA also trained 128,435 mothers to detect the first signs of malnutrition in their children as part of the MUAC for Mothers program.

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