Fondation Pierre Fabre

Support health professionals in isolation, through continuous distance medical education

Main beneficiary countries:
Mali - Niger - Burkina Faso - Cameroon - Congo - Brazzaville - Côte d’Ivoire - Madagascar - Senegal - Guinea - Mauritania

About the sponsor

Centre d'Expertise et de Recherche en Télémédecine et E-Santé

The Center of Expertise and Research in Telemedicine and E-Health (CERTES) is a private company under Malian law that has been working to optimize the potential of ICT in the health sector for the past dozen years in Mali, Africa and the world. The experience of ICT solutions applied to health, forged on proven competences over the last decade, has allowed CERTES to assert a leading status in French-speaking Africa in different fields: telemedical expertise, telemedical teaching, and the development and adaptation of Open Source tools for health and hospital information systems.

Sector: Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Country of origin: Mali

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mother and child health
  • Primary healthcare
  • Nutrition
  • Malaria/paludism
  • Infectious diseases
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Access to quality medicines/pharmacies
  • Vaccination
  • Chronic diseases
  • Cardiovascular illnesses
  • Cancer
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Emergency services

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Initiative start date

  • 01/26/2007


Financing method

  • Government agency (i.e AFD, USAID, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Subsidies
  • Donations

About the initiative

Lack of continuous education for health professionals due to their isolation.

Easy implementation: low bandwidth, technology accessible to all, lower cost, free access to a large database of archived courses.

Dudal enables the production and distribution of courses on a low-bandwidth line and with easily accessible hardware (computer, webcam and microphone). Listeners can ask the speaker questions via an interactive forum. Courses and discussions are archived and can be freely reviewed. Technically, this concerns the use of free software for converting an OpenOffice or PowerPoint presentation into HTML documents, which has the ability to operate on a low-speed network and to easily reconnect in case of interruption.

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC)

Target audience

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

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Improved treatment
  • Combat the lack of qualified health professionals in rural areas

Key figures

1000 Number of beneficiaries since launch

250 Number of users per Month

Materials used

  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Internet

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

auto-evaluated or evaluated by a related organization


Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève

Health: Healthcare professionals and structures


Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Sanofi Aventis

Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.