Who we are
ALIMA, The Alliance for International Medical Action
© Benita Nnachortam / ALIMA
The story of ALIMA began in 2009 in Niger. While the entire medical profession witnessed an alarming peak of acute malnutrition and increasing infant mortality rates, the health structures for managing malnutrition were becoming increasingly rare.
In 2008, a year before ALIMA’s founding, many international humanitarian organizations had been expelled from the country. Local groups were the only ones left to act, but they lacked resources. A new model of humanitarian assistance was clearly needed: an African medical alliance connecting national NGOs and international research institutes.
ALIMA was born.
Since then, ALIMA has treated more than 10 million people in 14 countries around the world, mainly in Africa.
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patients CARED FOR since 2009
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countries of intervention since 2009
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research and innovation projects since 2009
A unique model
An alliance with local operational teams
ALIMA works hand-in-hand with our local partners, an integral part of our governance model.
Our local partners look to their vast experience to create solutions adapted to local or regional contexts. Departing from conventional humanitarian protocols, a network of partner organizations increases the impact of our medical emergency programs, especially in areas of conflict with high mortality rates.
In addition, the majority of our staff are African, representing 98% of all ALIMA employees, at all levels, from country directors to our operational headquarters in Dakar.
Research and Innovation
Only 3% of international research projects are focused on low-income countries, yet they are home to the largest proportion of people in need of humanitarian aid.
Because our mission goes far beyond treating patients and saving lives, innovation and medical research are at the heart of our actions to find lasting solutions to complex medical crises.
We aim to implement innovative projects to meet the challenges of 21st century humanitarian medicine.
The ALIMA charter
ALIMA’s purpose is to save lives and to care for the most at-risk communities, without any discrimination based on identity, religion or political affiliation. Our actions rely on proximity, innovation, and the alliance of organizations and individuals.
We act with humanism, impartiality and with the respect of universal medical ethics.