Aide Médicale Internationale is a humanitarian and apolitical public French association created in 1979. It works to restore the access to the care of the population excluded from any system of health. AMI trains staff of local health and rehabilitates many health centers.
AMI intervenes with the most unprivileged population in 9 countries. Nowadays, we maintain 25 programs with the help of 80 expatriates on the ground, and more than 2000 local collaborators. These programs affect 2.5 million beneficiaries.
There is an urgency to act for more equality between the countries of the North and those of the South, there is an urgency to defend the dignity of all men no matter of their race, religion or political affiliation. To do so, we need to allow an access to drinking water, education, work, health, to respect minorities, women, children, we need to fight arbitrary and insecurity (of the people and their goods), to promote equal justice for all and to preserve the ecosystems.
For the past 27 years, AMI chose to contribute to the accompaniment and automisation of the populations who suffer from injustice. It is possible by the means of the improvement to the access to the care, and in the respect of the cultural identities.
Aide Médicale Internationale in few words
History and specifity of AMI
AMI is a medical, non-profit, non-governmental organization created in 1979.
1. “To go where the others do not”
AMI supports extremely stripped populations which do not profit from the government assistance and which are geographically difficult to access. For example in Kurdistan, we supported populations wedged in inaccessible valleys, in Afghanistan we are present in very moved-back areas (Nouristan, Logar…). In the Democratic Republic of Congo, we develop anti-Aids programs in Kilembwe (in Kivu area), where we are the only association. We are specialists in the forgotten humanitarian crisis. So, since 1995, we have been helping the Burmese minorities from both part of the border with Thailand.
2. “Let us help them to not depend on us”
The second specificity of AMI is the local medical staff training in the zones where the health system is failing or non-existent. AMI practises little medicine of substitution, but trains local nurses, doctors, midwives and laboratory assistants with the new techniques and medical approaches. In this direction, AMI publishes magazines of continuous medical formation, always adapted to the need of the concerned country. The team’s objective is above all to contribute to the medical autonomisation of the populations, and this in the respect of their cultural identities. This is why our slogan is “let us help them to not depend on us”
3. “Priority with the ground”
The third and not the least specificity of AMI is that it dedicates the majority of its budget to its action on the ground (92% in 2004). By choice, its operating expenses are very low (7% in 2004). Its share of budget dedicated to communication is little (1% in 2004). All the teams of AMI, in Paris as well as on the ground, have the role to improve the days of the forgotten of medicine. Our team
19 employees in the headquarter
80 expatriaties on the ground
2,500 local collaborators
more than 2.5 million beneficiaries accross the word.
Goals and activities AMI intervenes in emergency and post-urgency situations, and works for the re-establishment of the access to care to the population excluded from any system of health or living in conditions of extreme precariousness. Doctors, midwifes and nurses of AMI train health agents, improve the practice of obstreticians traditional, organize vaccination campaigns, equip the dispensiaries in medical material. The teams also endeavour to develop actions in the social and sanitary field (construction of latrines and well, training of teachers-hygiènistes ect…). The objective is to accompany the populations in creation or the rehabilitation by medical structures adapted to their needs.
Financial backers and partners
AMI works from institutional funds, proof of the confidence of many partners in our quality of work and our engagement. Our programs are financed by the European Union, the UNICEF, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs etc… AMI wishes to be complementary of other humanitarian associations and supports the initiatives of local associations.
Today, in order to be more autonomous and more reactive in its action, AMI hopes to be recognized and known near the general public and to reveal its history of movement founder of “non-frontièrisme”.consult this article only
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1 rue du Pré Saint Gervais
93500 PANTIN FRANCE
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