Fondation Pierre Fabre

Better information for better care

Main beneficiary country:
Burkina Faso

About the sponsor

Tutorat Médecine de saaba

Le Tutorat en médecine de Saaba is a non-profit, apolitical association composed of medical students and physicians from Burkina Faso. Its existence is formalised by the rules of the University of Saint Thomas D’Acquin (USTA). Le Tutorat de Saaba was founded in October 2012 by three medical students and is designed to train medical students to use their knowledge and abilities in ways that are beneficial to society, reduce the failure rate among medical students, educate medical students fairly early on public health issues, and promote medical and humanitarian ethics among medical students.

Sector: Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Country of origin: Burkina Faso

Contact the sponsor

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mother and child health
  • Access to quality medicines/pharmacies
  • Vaccination
  • Chronic diseases
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Emergency services

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • Local (in one city/town/village)

Initiative start date

  • 03/31/2017


Financing method

  • Funding by project initiator

Economic model(s)

  • Revenue generated by the beneficiaries/healthcare facilities

About the initiative

The problem solved by the initiative is one often overlooked by healthcare providers: the free flow of information for swift treatment and reducing expenditures related to the search for examinations or specialised services in an entire city. At the same time, the initiative is educational and informative for both the public and health personnel (especially students), as it provides guidance on the conditions to be met before carrying out certain examinations, which will avoid diagnostic errors, save time and  promote better care.

At present, there is no solution to the problems in Africa. Most of the applications that we have seen simply give the healthcare centres’ geographic location, much like a mobile directory, but no application provides useful information on: * consultation days and hours, visiting days and hours, physician availability for medical procedures, and prices,* instructions, tube types, conditions for pursuing supplemental and other examinations . * health insurance providers and affiliated hospitals * medicines available in the country, prices * conferences available in the country to help students stay up-to-date. * a literature review to help healthcare professionals find documentation for their theses and dissertations. Our solution therefore attempts to cover most of the problems encountered by the public and by healthcare personnel as concerns information in the field. This solution is both informative and educational, which is a distinct advantage.

The Burkina Faso Guide Santé (Health Guide) Project – an application designed, programmed and developed by physicians – seeks to address all the problems related to health information in Burkina Faso. Once the application is implemented, we hope to improve availability of useful information about the various healthcare centres, such as geographic location - visiting hours - addresses - services available - insurance partners – medical procedures and prices - additional examinations.

Better patient management: using this application, patients will consult doctors in the early stages, as they will be quickly directed to the health centre nearest their place of residence.

Improved monitoring: We hope to improve the follow-up of patients, pregnancies, vaccination schedules and reduce sequelae and the mortality rate due to an absence of follow-up. This saves time, energy and money: through “Guide Santé”, patients will be informed about geographic location, visiting hours, services available, medical procedures and their prices and additional examinations. All this information will save our patients time, energy and money.

Reducing mortality: With this application, we hope to minimise the time required to process and treat patients, the main factor responsible for deaths in our health facilities.

Conference dates and news: In the application’s news section, we will publish information on the dates of various conferences and current events in the medical field.

Literature review: We hope to improve the research work performed by healthcare providers through our partnership with Recomédical by providing them with a substantial database for their literature review.

Fields of application:

Health professional training - Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC) - Patient monitoring and medical data

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Entire population
  • Sick people
  • Pregnant women
  • Children - adolescents (ages 6-18)
  • Young children (0-5 years)
  • Patient family/entourage

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Improved treatment

Key figures

403 Number of beneficiaries since launch

Materials used

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Geolocation
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

auto-evaluated or evaluated by a related organization



Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.