Doctor Michel Mwepu Ilunga is a surgeon who has been working with ALIMA in northern Mali since December 6, 2016. He spoke to us about his first few weeks in the field and the challenges that medical teams face in a region where the needs are huge and ongoing conflict continues to disrupt everyday life.
Aziz Ould Mohamed is head of mission for ALIMA in Niger. In July, he helped set up ALIMA’s emergency response in Monguno in northeastern Nigeria where the organization is providing medical care for thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) facing an extreme health crisis.
Tuesday, June 14 is World Blood Donor Day. The WHO has reported that donors across the world give approximately 108 million bags of blood each year. Nearly half that amount comes from donors in high-income countries, where less than 20% of the world’s population lives.
Biologist Rigobert Kazadi has great experience in blood transfusion, having managed blood banks in hospitals in the DRC, Mali, Angola, and Guinea. He discusses the tremendous challenges that ALIMA field teams face.
Thursday, March 17, 2016, two patients who were tested and were found to have Ebola have been hospitalized in ALIMA’s Emergency Ebola Treatment Center in N’Zérékoré, south-east Guinea. They are the first reported cases since the end of the epidemic was announced in the country on December 29, 2015. Sory Keita, nurse and project coordinator has extensive experience responding to humanitarian crises. He explains the challenges faced by ALIMA’s teams.