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With great regret we announce the death of Dr. Sergio Giani, one of the founders of AIDEMET, which occurred on May 7 in Bamako.

Sergio Giani, born in Trieste (Italy) to Sicilian parents in 1946, studied Pharmacy in Catania, where he actively participated in student struggles. In 1971, he defended a thesis on “La Flore Officinale du terroir de Modica. From 1977 to 1990 he was holder of the rural pharmacy of Malfa (Island of Salina), where he animated the Promoting Committee of the Natural Reserve of Salina, thus winning, in 1983, the prize "A life for nature" of WWF Italy.

From 1988 he worked as an expert pharmacist in international cooperation programs in Mali, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Morocco and Papua New Guinea.

From 1997, he lived and worked in Mali in the field of development, management and monitoring of community health programs, with particular attention to the development of traditional medicine resources, the decentralization of health and experimentation with the computerization of local health systems, participating in field experiments all over Mali: Bamako, Kolokani, Bandiagara, Kadiolo, Youwarou, etc., collaborating with the Italian Cooperation, the Swiss Cooperation and the United Nations Agencies, in particular Unicef and the WHO, as well as civil society organisations.

In 2003, he was a founding member and responsible for the programs of the NGO "Help for the development of Traditional Medicine".

From 2012, he collaborated with the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health in Bamako, giving courses and supervising dissertations and theses in the fields of "Traditional Medicine and Public Health" and "Traditional Food Supplements". In 2019, he became coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute "WEB Du Bois".

Dr. Sergio GIANI is author, co-author or coordinator of more than fifty books, notebooks, popular articles and scientific publications, among which we cite: (i) The Medicinal Plants of the Aeolian Islands (1987); (ii) The Bamako Initiative in Mali: pharmaceutical reform and the role of traditional medicine in Cooperation and Health in Mali (1992); (iii) Between the Rocks and the Sun: Experiences in the Restoration of Endangered Medicinal Species on the Dogon Plateau (2007); (iv) Women's War: Traditional Birth Attendants and Promoting Safe Motherhood (2009); (v) People and Plants: Valorization of Traditional Medicine resources in Kadiolo (2010); (vi) Traditional Medicines and Local Development: Methodologies and Approaches (2011); (vii) Decentralization and Health: Research-Action on the Decentralization of Health and the Promotion of Traditional Medicine in Kadiolo (2012); (iii) Women and Plants: Economic empowerment and empowerment of women through the promotion of local knowledge on plants in Bamako and Ségou (2012); (ix) Traditional Medicine and Divinatory Arts: The case of Mandé in Mali - Cahier de FESCAURI no 1 (2016); (x) Climate Change and Local Knowledge: Peace, Resilience and Integrated Development in Mandé - Cahier de FESCAURI no 2 (2018); (xi) Spaces, Societies and Health: The Rites of Passage - Cahier de FESCAURI no 3 (2019); (xii) Global health - Epidemic, society, economy and politics in the Sahel: Different perspectives on Covid-19 - Cahier d'IRIS WEB Du Bois no 1 (2021).

Of Italian origin, Sergio GIANI acquired Malian nationality in 2017.

Dr Sergio GIANI has been a Pharmacist of the world and Actor of sustainable development, particularly in the field of the valorization of knowledge and know-how in health, management and evaluation of health systems, management of essential drugs, health programs. emergency, WASH (local chlorine production). Despite his state of health, he continued to participate in training and research activities. In 2022, he gave an interview for the documentary film on Traditional Medicine in progress.

In February 2023, Dr Sergio GIANI finalized his last book which is not yet published. It is about “Traditional Medicine and Universal Coverage in Health Care. Is another Health System possible? » Field experiences of Master I in Public Health trainees from the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health in Bamako, concerning the involvement of Traditional Medicine resources in Conventional Medicine activities.


A virtual master class was held on Saturday 24 September from 17:00 to 19:30, focusing on the return of the results of the collaborative experiences between Conventional Medicine and Traditional Medicine in public health activities in Mali… to read »
Advocacy for the promotion of local chlorine production with the WATA® approach in Mali… to read »
Baobab Project: from 19th to 26th February 2018, visit in Bamako of Dr Marinella De Leo, Faculty of Pharmacy of Pisa.. to read »
Notebook no 1 de FESCAURI: Traditional Medicine and Divinatory Arts. The case of Mandé in Mali … to read »
August 7th 2015: Visit of a delegation from the University of Messina to the headquarters of Aidemet NGO to read »
Aidemet NGO continues to participate in animation of the coordination of the Alliance of Civil Society in Mali against Ebola Virus Disease. Even if Mali has been declared "Free Ebola," the fight continues! Here the 3rd number (Febrary 2015) of the Ebola newsletter in French: to read »
Aidemet NGO continues to participate in animation of the coordination of the Alliance of Civil Society in Mali against Ebola Virus Disease; here the 2nd number (January 2015) of the newsletter in French: to read »
Aidemet NGOs continues to animate the coordination of the Alliance of Civil Society in Mali against Ebola Virus Disease; here the 1st number (November and December 2014) of the newsletter in French: to read »
Aidemet NGO participates in the coordination of the Alliance of Civil Society in Mali against Ebola virus; here is the number 0 (October 2014) of the newsletter in French: to read »
The Aidemet NGO’s activities in support of the Herbalist Women in Mali go on. On line, the first issue of the newsletter: Women and Plants - Mali 2014 to read »
April 2014: The commitment of Aidemet NGO on implication of Traditional Birth Attendants in management of obstetric emergencies: the HURAPRIM project to read »
Aidemet NGO resumes its activities in support to Women Herbalists of Mali. On line, the first issue of the newsletter: Women and Plants Mali 2014 to read »
On the website of Aidemet NGO is available a new book: "Decentralization and Health", written by Sergio Giani, Rokia Sanogo and Mamoutou Diarra... to read »
Participation of Aidemet NGO in the celebration of the World Day of Washing Hands with Soap to read »
The FAO Newsletter DIMITRA in its issue number 23 of May 2013 published an article on the Aidemet NGO project in support to herbalist women in Bamako and Ségou. Below, the links for the newsletter. The article is at page 20. to read »
The final workshop of Project: “Women and Plants” took place in Bamako on Saturday, July 14, 2012… to read »
March 2012: About Health Decentralisation, Traditional Medicine and Local Health Information System in Mali… to read »
The 1st Scientific Day of WANNPRES Mali took place on Saturday, December 17, 2011 in the Conference Room of INRSP. The theme was: "Medicinal plants and fight against sickness". to read »
November 2011: Aidemet Ngo, in partnership with the IDEASS Program, is looking for technical and financial partners for a research project on the development of a prototype of communitary solar distiller for plants essential oils… to read »
August 2011 : an article written by Sergio Giani and Rokia Sanogo has been published in the latest issue of Universitas Forum, which is dedicated to the integration of traditional medicine in health systems. The title is: "Traditional Medicine and Local Development: methodologies and approaches." to read »
Saturday, July 2d, 2011, in the Conference Room of the INRSP, Prof. Rokia Sanogo, President of Aidemet NGO, moderated a panel discussion on “Contribution of Traditional Birth Attendants in the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality”. to read »
The Malian Federation of Traditional Healers and Herbalists (FEMATH) and the NGO Aid to Development of Traditional Medicine (Aidemet NGO) are helping malian women herbalists... to read »
March, 23rd 2011 : Press Conference on the fight against the Female Genital Mutilations... to read »
March 2010 : Article on the consumption of the Improved Traditional Phytomedicines in Mali… to read »
July 23rd 2009 : Presentation of the Pilot Project for the promotion of Home Water Treatment… to read »
Promoting the local production of a solution of active chlorine in Mali. to read »
Training Herbalist Women of Missira Market. to read »
The 7th edition of the International Week of the African Traditional Medicine (SIMTA) to read »
Ceremony in honour of Tiémogo Bengaly to read »
About Malaria and Traditional Medicine in Mali… to read »
Bringing Health Care nearer to the people in Zégoua Municipality to read »
Decentralization, Community Health and Traditional Medicine in the Municipal Space to read »
August 31st: African Day of Traditional Medicine. to read »
The 6th Week of the African Traditional Medicine. to read »