DAKAR/NIAMEY, February 10, 2017 – ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action) closed its Rift Valley Fever treatment center on January 31. An outbreak of Rift Valley Fever had been affecting northern Niger since August 2016. No new cases of the disease have been reported since the first week of January.
“We are seeing more than 30 new SAM [severe acute malnutrition] cases each week,” said Nicolas Mouly, ALIMA’s project coordinator in Muna. “There is no way to avoid malnutrition here. There is not enough food or water in Muna. The living conditions are poor and make people more susceptible to disease.”
When Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Health asked for help responding to an outbreak of dengue fever, ALIMA and its partners, SOS Médecins Burkina and KEOOGO, began supporting the government-led response on November 18, in three hospitals in and around the capital, Ouagadougou, where the majority of cases were concentrated.
On 1 November 2016, ALIMA and its Malian partner AMCP (Medical Alliance Against Malaria) met with health authorities and humanitarian partners in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Their aim was to promote the integration of the “MUAC Mothers” strategy in the fight against malnutrition in Mali. Here we speak with Dr. Fadiala Kalilou Keita, advocacy officer for ALIMA-AMCP, about this innovative strategy and the challenges of implementing it.
In mid-June of this year at the invitation of the Monguno Public Health team, ALIMA vaccinated 18,800 children against measles in less than a week in the city of Monguno in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State. There are thousands of people displaced in Monguno living in makeshift camps of small, leaky huts with few latrines and little food. The ALIMA team was shocked by what they saw when they arrived – really malnourished children and even some adults suffering from malnutrition with no access to healthcare.
More than 1.5 million people have been displaced by fighting in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State. To help meet their growing medical and nutritional needs, the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) has rapidly scaled up its operations in the region over the past month.
On July 1st, 2016, Mai Mahaman Saley and Dr Ali Ouattara, respectively Referent Logistics and Deputy Director of Programmes for ALIMA, conducted an exploratory mission in the city of Monguno in northeastern Nigeria. They were the first international aid workers to set foot there since the takeover of the city by the Nigerian military. Mai Mahaman Saley describes the first day in the city.
The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) is providing emergency medical care to thousands of displaced children suffering from severe malnutrition and a deadly measles outbreak in northern Nigeria.
Following a United Nations alert in May about the dire situation of people displaced by conflict between the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, ALIMA conducted an exploratory mission in Monguno, a city in Borno State where more than 100,000 displaced people are seeking refuge.
1.4 million children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the Sahel, according to figures from ECHO and UNICEF. ALIMA is exploring new ways of working with mothers to help diagnose malnutrition in their children earlier by simplifying screening procedures.