Carto - Malaria

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Carto - Malaria : Tech 4 health

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Malaria is the 1° cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa: in 2013 just in Burkina 6.900.203 malaria cases were registered, and among them 406.103 were severe. A map of malaria risk areas in Burkina would help to eradicate and educate the population to adopt new lifestyles.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if one map was better than 1000 words to eradicate malaria?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Malaria is the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa: 3.2 billions of people worldwide are at risk of malaria and people live in poor areas are the most vulnerable one. 90% of deaths due to malaria are recorded in Africa and every minute in the world a child dies for malaria. In Burkina the rate of child suffering from malaria is 66%, and the rate of infant mortality is 21% (Source: Ministry of Health 2013).

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The project is innovative because it contributes to improving the health of the impoverished population using technology tools that connect research (through the reuse of collected data) raising awareness for the population (by performing: events , vocal SMS platforms etc.) and a practical intervention by the establishment of medical kiosks to perform malaria tests. Our solution uses three tools: a map, a platform of vocal SMS in local languages and medical kiosks to raise awareness to fight against malaria.


E-health awards in the Global Forum of French language - Liege, Belgium, July 2015
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

An example of raising awareness thanks to Carto malaria is Amina, 45 years and four children. Outside of his house she has a mountain of waste in the district of Kalgodhin, Ouagadougou where she throws the rest of the cooking water three times a day. Thanks to Carto malaria it receives vocal sms on her GSM mobile and she decided to participate in the awareness day on differentiation of garbage and she earns 200 FCFA for each plastic bag of garbage collected, 1 kg of rice for her family of 6 persons. One day Ahmed, the smallest of her children fell ill and thanks to medical kiosks of cartomalaria he did the test and it got the first aid. Thanks to Carto malaria we answer to the needs of Burkinabes.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The Project "Carto-malaria" reached during this first year of activity promising results: - the digitization of areas at risk of malaria in two districts of Ouagadougou - the identification of 20 young people from 20 to 30 years old, for the preparation of cartographic data - an outreach session with young Burkinabe who live in risk areas - three days of salubrity with a primary school (Kalgodhin school) to raise awareness on waste. - produced monthly monitoring analysis implemented by ACRA (an Italian NGO partner of Ouagalab) during field missions which allow to continuously monitor quantitative and qualitative indicators. Furthermore, a tool for monitoring the development of malaria, MCT (malaria control tool), is used to assess the evolution of the development of malaria cases in target areas.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Through Carto malaria we give visibility to a disease that produces a death rate of children under 5 years of 21% in Burkina, through the involvement of institutions. It will raise awareness through the establishment of responses to all worn and will focus on the role of women as an essential actor in households, because she looks after the health of her children and she is involved in the garbage management at the family level, and for these two reasons it becomes the protagonist of the fight against malaria.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Carto malaria is wide sustainable because: our way towards the base of sustainability lies in expanding our partnerships with nonprofit organizations. Currently, carto malaria is now setting up a campaign on crowfunding platform KissKissBankBank and it will assure the support of its network. Through waste collection campaigns furthermore the project will also garantie a basic profit thanks to the sale of garbage.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The only institutions which are involved to malaria are the public institutions and the NGOs. Carto malaria is working with them in order to provide a large amount of data to better eradicate malaria, following the ideal of no competition: together is better. In addition we address the greatest number of the population through vocal SMS in local languages, fighting against the illiteracy rate. Furthermore in the main cities of Burkina it will organise the awareness campaigns for good waste management.

Founding Story

Kisito Gamené, co-founding member of Ouagalab (space of democracy technology in Burkina created from 2011 as the 1 ° fablab of West Africa) and geographer by studies, he becomes a founding member of the Burkina openstreetmap community (an open source platform for participatory mapping). His desire to share and learn from others, allows him to become a specialist in participatory mapping and finding practical solutions to health problems in Burkina. Touched by the mortality rate of malaria, he decided to focus his efforts to achieve a thematicuploaded map on malaria in Burkina.


Our geek family is composed by Kisito: Managing Member and creator of Carto malaria - Kizito, Dauda, Diane: 3 cartographers Burkinabe - Gildas, Jean Michelle Malic: 3 IT experts (for the awareness platform), Ouagalab - Stefania: responsible for technical support, monitoring and evaluation of activities, ACRA - in the future we will have needs: 3 researchers (data analysis), CNRFP - 10 health workers
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