Fondation Pierre Fabre

High quality, affordable and accurate learning programmes that empower healthcare professional

Main beneficiary countries:
South Africa - United Kingdom - Saudi Arabia - Namibia

About the sponsor


Bettercare is an independent, self-sustaining Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organisation. The primary aim is to ensure that healthcare professionals have access to the most affordable accurate, up-to-date learning programmes.

The organisation has evolved over the past 25 years: first as a project under the Perinatal Education Trust, then as the flagship project for Electric Book Works as EBW Healthcare. Since 2016, it has been an independent non profit and public benefit organisation.

Sector: Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Country of origin: South Africa

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mother and child health
  • Primary healthcare
  • Infectious diseases
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Cancer
  • Mental health

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Initiative start date

  • 02/15/1993


Financing method

  • NGO
  • Sales

Economic model(s)

  • Book sales

About the initiative

Problem: Lack of affordable, high quality, accurate medical learning programmes.

The learning programmes are flexible and mobile. They can be structured to suit the individual or organisations needs. Bettercare even provide a book to guide facilitators. It is mobile because you can do the course on your phone or tablet. Alternatively, if you buy the book you can do the course offline. This allows qualified healthcare professionals to study at their own pace and without having to attend expensive conferences or sessions. In short, Bettercare equips and empowers healthcare professionals to manage their resources optimally, regardless of their geographical location or facility resources. A large percentage of the titles address issues at the primary healthcare level with the limited resources in mind.

The learning programmes offered by Bettercare started with two titles and has since grown to 20 titles all addressing critical healthcare issues. Bettercare's learning programmes are used across the healthcare field. Provincial governments have a couple of titles as prerequisites for advanced midwifery. Medical schools and nursing colleges prescribe the learning programmes as part of their curriculum. Private and public hospitals use the learning programmes to train and ups kill their staff members. Private hospitals use the completion of the learning programmes as continuous development points. Overall, the learning programmes are held in high regard. In keeping with the aim of making knowledge accessible, the programmes are written in language that is clear without losing the technical aspect.

Fields of application:

Health professional training

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

100000 Number of beneficiaries since launch

820 Number of users per Year

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Internet

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation



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