Sending monthly written messages to patients suffering from mental illnesses under treatment to remind them of their day of visit to the health centres

Project start date : 16/12/2019

Last updated : 16/03/2022

Beneficiary country : Benin

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mental health

Fields of application

  • Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC)
  • Patient monitoring and medical data

Stage of development

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Financing method

  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)

Area where the project is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Economic model(s)

  • Donations

Target audience

  • Entire population

Project objectives

  • Decreased morbidity
  • Improved treatment

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)

Offline use


Open source


Open data


Independent evaluation


About the sponsor

Association saint camille

The Association Saint-Camille de Lellis was founded in 1994 by Grégoire Ahongbonon to provide residential care to people suffering from mental illness in West Africa. First established in Côte d’Ivoire in 1991, the association then expanded to Benin in 2004. It is now also open in Burkina Faso and in Togo, where the reception centre opened its doors at the end of 2016.
In almost 25 years, the Saint-Camille centres have put 60,000 men and women back on their feet, and they have done this without any governmental financial aid. It fights against all forms of social exclusion, by firstly targeting those suffering from mental illnesses. It welcomes people wandering the streets, chained up or confined in the woods in villages or towns, as well as any sick person accompanied by a relative. In 2005, Saint-Camille had 12 centres in Côte d’Ivoire and Benin. In 2015, there were centres in Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, in Togo and Burkina Faso.

Sector : Healthcare (professionals and structures)

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Contact : Sponsor website Project website