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.
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.
“We are seeing more than 30 new SAM 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.
Every day on the ground, our teams operate, consult, vaccinate, train. Discover with this video what we have done thanks to your support in 2016. In total, 650,000 patients received care from the ALIMA team. Thank you for helping them.