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$1,000 - $10,000
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Anne has piloted an affordable, doable and sustainable technology-based system to reduce by 50% the number of African children and mothers who die from benign diseases. Combining simple skills and cell phones, she organizes collect of basic health data (weight, cough, diarrhoea…) and information transfer to the medical staff of local communities for them to know which children or pregnant women need treatment. Named by the Malian Health Ministry as a state-of-the-art market-based solution, Anne now wants to spread her idea of systematizing the early detection of 70% of mortality causes all over Mali and beyond borders.

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, diseases that can be easily treated are still responsible for 60% of the infantile deaths. By regularly monitoring basic health data, Anne has created a simple and innovative system that makes their early identification possible. Basically trained former unemployed women go into families every week, check on children under 5 and pregnant women, and collect information on weight, temperature and first symptoms. Using a cell phone and dedicated software, they send all the data to an online platform conceived for local doctors to follow-up patients, detect medical anomaly and quickly offer medical treatment. As a result, emergencies and complications are avoided and the mortality risk is divided by two. Anne has built a sustainable and affordable system, recognized by the Monitor Group to be among the rare successful market-based solution in Africa. On the one hand, families pay 1€ a month for the service and thus, subscribe to a kind of micro-insurance that includes all the prevention actions, consultations to the doctor and half price on medication. On the other, Pesinet relies on a low-cost structure with low-qualified staff and cost-mutualization with primary healthcare center on doctors’ salaries and medication. Being affordable on both sides, the system has a twofold advantage: it allows the families to reduce by 30% the annual average amount of health expenses while they take in charge better their health, as well as covering all the costs to make the organization locally sustainable as soon as the number of 1,000 subscribers is reached. By integrating her service in existing local healthcare centers, Anne reinforces the role of local infrastructures within their communities and develops their capacity to efficiently take in charge and treat patients. Doing so, she hopes to regulate and impact the whole healthcare system. Indeed, scaling-up her idea would make primary healthcare centers better work, reduce pressure on hospitals when dealing with simple diseases emergencies, and encourage the re-allocation of public funds on the development of sophisticated medical infrastructures.