Anne Roos-Weil

Ashoka Fellow
France,
Fellow Since 2012
Pesinet

IDÉE

Prévenir, détecter et traiter rapidement les maladies bénignes, causes principales de mortalité infantile et maternelle en Afrique sub-saharienne. En conjuguant micro-assurance, technologies mobiles et travail de proximité d’agents itinérants à bas coût, elle fait entrer la santé au cœur des familles et facilite un accès précoce aux soins.

 

IMPACT

Au Mali (Bamako) et au Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou, Fada N’gourma) : 10 quartiers d’intervention en zones urbaines et périurbaines. Parmi les abonnés, le recours aux soins est multiplié par 3. Au total se sont plus de 6000 enfants de moins de 5 ans abonnés, 5 000 mères de jeunes enfants, et 10 centres de santé communautaires. Seuls 7 décès sont à déplorer sur les 6 000 enfants suivis, contre un ratio national de 1 sur 7.

 

QUI EST-ELLE ?

Anne est passionnée des questions de santé publique et de l’entrepreneuriat social. Diplômée de Sciences-Po, de l’Essec et de l’Ecole de Santé Publique de Nancy, elle a sillonné à pied des bouts de continents à la rencontre de leurs habitants avant de tomber amoureuse de ceux du Mali. Son projet remporte la finale européenne de la Global Social Venture Competition 2009 de l’université de Berkeley et le prix “ Top Innovators “ de la Fondation Rockefeller (2011).

 

Citation

This profile was prepared when Anne Roos-Weil was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The New Idea
In sub-Saharan Africa, diseases that can be easily treated are still responsible for 60 percent of infant deaths. By regularly monitoring basic health data, Anne has created a simple and innovative system that makes early identification of disease, illness, and medical conditions possible. In her model, formerly unemployed women are equipped with basic health training to conduct health visits in the homes of pregnant women and children under the age of five. They collect information on weight, temperature and early-sign symptoms, and then send the data to an online platform by using a cell phone and dedicated software. Local doctors connect to this platform in order to follow up with sick patients, detect medical anomalies and offer treatment. The result of Anne’s work is the prevention of medical emergencies and complications as well as a drastic reduction in the infant mortality rate.

Recognizing that the country’s rate of patient frequentation in healthcare facilities is very low (30 percent), Anne integrates her service into existing primary healthcare centers and develops local capacity to build efficient care systems. As a result of the Pesinet service, local infrastructures benefit from a 40 percent rise in visits and new incomes on medicine sales. Based on successful work in three centers in Bamako, Anne has signed a national agreement with the Ministry of Health and the Federation of community-based health centers that will enable her to easily replicate her solution throughout Mali and transform healthcare into a cost-effective and preventive system.

Anne’s sustainable and affordable health detection system has a twofold advantage: improving access to care while also cutting costs. Subscribing family members pay just 1€ (US$1.37) a month for a micro-insurance that includes preventative care, doctor consultations, and half priced medication. Also including a weekly visit, the Pesinet service enables families to reduce by 50 percent their annual average spending on health expenses while integrating the importance of prevention. Anne develops the sustainability of her market-based solution through subscriptions as well as a tiered pricing system that enables her to reach middle- and upper-class populations, new services for pregnant women, and the integration of her service into the existing mutual insurance systems. Anne’s model is shifting the healthcare system away from sick-care to promoting prevention and wellness.
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