Start of program: 2011


Country Key figures*

  • 19 million inhabitants *
  • 3.8 million people facing food insecurity **
  • 870,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition **
* Data from 2018
** 2019 figures according to the March 2019 harmonized framework

ALIMA Key figures*

  • 4,701 children treated for severe acute malnutrition
  • 128,435 mothers trained to use the MUAC bracelet
  • 8,149 prenatal consultations
*Data from 2019

Areas of intervention

Emergency response
Maternal health

Country context

Since the beginning of the Malian crisis in January 2012, the security situation in Mali has remained unstable. The signing of the peace agreement in 2015 in Algiers between different armed groups has not prevented emerging new conflicts. On the contrary, Mali is currently facing a level of violence never-before recorded in its modern history, particularly in the center of the country, where there is a lot of  inter-communal violence. As of September 30, 2019, the Commission on Population Movements estimated that there were 187,139 internally displaced persons and 138,402 Malian refugees in neighboring countries.

Access to health care is very limited and the livelihood of the population remains precarious. Food insecurity in Mali remains a chronic problem aggravated by the security situation and climatic hazards, resulting in high rates of malnutrition, particularly among women and children under five years of age. Some 3.8 million people are currently food insecure and nearly 870,000 children suffer from acute malnutrition.

© Nana Kofi Acquah / ALIMA

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

ALIMA provides medical care for populations in contexts of armed conflict, particularly thanks to our strong focus on fieldwork. In 2012, for example, the hospital in the city of Timbuktu was no longer functional due to insecurity. For one month, ALIMA cared for all wounded patients from armed conflicts in this hospital.

Since August 2018, as the number of displaced people fleeing inter-communal violence and conflict gradually increased, ALIMA and its partner have provided medical care to almost 15,000 displaced people in the central Niono district. Mobile clinics are  deployed to provide free, quality primary health care. In addition to curative care, preventive activities are also organized, such as vaccination campaigns, and the training of mothers and caregivers in the detection of malnutrition.


ALIMA/AMCP-SP has been implementing what is known as the URENI-school (Intensive Nutritional Rehabilitation and Education Units) model, since August 2015 in Dioila, in the Koulikoro region of southern Mali, to train local health staff. Students learn how to detect and treat severe acute malnutrition with complications. During the program’s first year, 98 health workers completed the training.

© Nana Kofi Acquah / ALIMA

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.

Learn more about ALIMA’s fight against malnutrition

Learn more about our maternal health activities

* Cover picture © Nana Kofi Acquah / ALIMA

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