OUAGADOUGOU / DAKAR / PARIS, 09/22/2015 – The humanitarian organization ALIMA (Alliance for International Medical Action) and its Burkinabe partners SOS Medecins and KEOOGO are providing medical assistance to persons injured during political unrest in Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. ALIMA and partners treated 40 wounded persons between 18 and 20 September 2015 at University Hospital Yalgado Ouedraogo, the city’s main hospital.
“Yalgado Hospital was completely destabilized by the influx of wounded since the unrest began. ALIMA is taking urgent action to ensure that the injured, but also pregnant women have access to emergency services,” said Dr. Moumouni Kinda, emergency coordinator for ALIMA in Burkina Faso. Last week’s coup has affected the functioning of hospitals just as needs are increasing due to injuries related to the instability.
The three non-governmental organizations are also supporting gynecological and obstetrical emergency services in the hospital that are functioning with a reduced staff. Eleven Caesarean sections were performed over the weekend with the support of ALIMA teams.
On Sunday, September 20, 2015, the political situation remained tense in Burkina Faso. “At 5:00 p.m. local time, we recorded 6 new casualties on Sunday, September 20, 2015,” says Dr. Kinda.
ALIMA and its partners are supporting emergency and maternity services at Yalgado Hospital with human resources, medicines and medical equipment, and logistics. There was a severe lack of doctors, anesthetists, surgeons, nurses and hygienists immediately following the coup and the maternity ward, one of the largest in the country, was largely stopped when the team arrived last Thursday morning despite patients being present.
ALIMA has been working in Burkina Faso since 2012. Currently, ALIMA is conducting two medical-nutritional projects in the districts of Yako and Boussé.
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ALIMA is an independent humanitarian medical organization founded in 2009. ALIMA aims to produce quality medical care in areas of high mortality and improve the practice of humanitarian medicine by developing innovative projects. In Burkina Faso, ALIMA works with two national medical organizations, SOS Doctors and KEOOGO. The ALIMA projects in Burkina Faso are supported by the Office of Humanitarian Affairs of the European Commission (ECHO).
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