There are now more than 35,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the African continent where the epidemic is now inevitably spreading. In the 12 African countries where ALIMA is present, there are not enough resuscitation beds, nor enough staff. The management of critical cases (5% of cases) will probably be impossible there, except for a few in the capitals. The management of severe cases (15% of cases) will also be problematic. A global response strategy must be found, because if the epidemic hits hard in Africa, it will only return to Europe and the rest of the world.

Today, ALIMA is mobilizing to respond urgently to the situation, with a triple objective:

Maintain its existing humanitarian medical programs in order to continue to assist the extremely vulnerable communities that ALIMA works with on a daily basis. It is therefore urgent to be able to protect patients and caregivers in their 400 centres and 35 hospitals.

To ensure the management of Covid-19 cases in 6 priority countries (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso) by increasing hospitalization (setting up of 1000 hospital beds) and oxygenation (deployment of 1000 oxygen concentrators) capacities with all the human, material and pharmaceutical needs that this entails.

Participate in research to defeat the pandemic, while adapting it to the needs of the most fragile populations and to international ethical standards.

However, if ALIMA‘s operational model has proved its worth over the last few years (5 million patients treated, 29 research projects conducted since its creation in 2009), it also finds its limit in its financial structure which relies on institutional donors for 95%. However, this limits the organization’s responsiveness in emergencies, especially outside of COVID-19, which are just as lethal and less media-intensive. Private donations should also enable them to initiate the first stages of research and to invest in the training of humanitarian managers in the field.

Faced with the emergency and in this context, ALIMA, with the support of the Foundation of the French Academy of Medicine, in an alliance focused on the progress of care and medical quality, today launches an appeal for donations:

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Who is ALIMA?

ALIMA is a humanitarian medical organization that works hand in hand with a network of local medical organizations to provide quality medical care to the most vulnerable people in emergencies and recurring crises. ALIMA and its partners conduct cutting-edge research to improve humanitarian medicine. Every day she treats nearly 4000 people free of charge in 12 African countries.

As part of a long-standing partnership and with a view to becoming a sheltered foundation, ALIMA and the Medical Academy Foundation are working together to support the Transforming Humanitarian Medicine 2020 campaign.

This alliance of partners focused on the progress of care and medical quality is intended to develop an ecosystem necessary for more effective, localized and research-integrated medical humanitarian aid.

ALIMA activated its emergency fund at the beginning of March but now wishes to activate its two other funds (emergency and training) on the following allocations:

500 K for the emergency fund in order to trigger rapid response actions, initial orders and emergency recruitment (the fund was launched 1 month ago and has raised €380,000 to date), but also to protect each of the NGO’s hospitals with beds dedicated to Covid care, about 1000 beds in the 10 countries where ALIMA intervenes. 300 K for the research fund in order to develop the initial research protocols for submitting clinical trials, recruit a research project leader, because the urgency must not prevent the study of diseases that are too little known 200 K ofor the training fund to provide technical support and training sessions to local ministries of health, particularly in countries where it will not provide care itself

ALIMA is therefore seeking to raise 1 million euros of equity capital to respond to the Covid-19.

For all requests please write to [email protected]

More information on: https://www.alima-ngo.org/fr/