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 in 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 treated since 2009
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research and innovation projects since 2009
A unique model
ALIMA hand-in-hand with our local partners, including national NGOs, Ministries of Health, and communities.The majority of our staff are African, 98% of all ALIMA employees, at all levels, from country directors to our operational headquarters in Dakar.
ALIMA has been building partnerships for over 13 years with national NGOs in Chad, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon. Our African partners look to their vast experience to create solutions adapted to local or regional contexts.
These partnerships revolve around the implementation of joint projects, characterized by an inclusive co-management model between ALIMA and its partner NGOs.Departing from conventional humanitarian protocols, this network of partner organizations increases the impact of our medical emergency programs, especially in areas of conflict with high mortality rates.
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.
ALIMA’s ambition is to transform humanitarian medicine by relying on research and innovation to find lasting solutions to complex medical crises and 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 populations, 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.