Fondation Pierre Fabre

To design, develop & deploy technology solutions for improved health & development

Main beneficiary countries:
Cambodia - Vietnam - Laos - Myanmar (Burma)

About the sponsor


InSTEDD is a design and technology non-profit that works in the areas of health, humanitarian response and sustainable development. The InSTEDD team of program managers, designers and engineers help NGOs, governments and private sector companies choose, integrate and implement technologies to maximize the social impact of their work. InSTEDD’s work is global, with a focus on low-income countries and serving the most vulnerable populations.

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

Country of origin: United States

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service provider

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Nutrition
  • Malaria/paludism
  • Infectious diseases
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Emergency services

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Initiative start date

  • 09/01/2008

Initiative end date

  • 04/18/2017


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • NGO

Economic model(s)

  • Donations
  • Service contracts with public partners

About the initiative

Countries within the Mekong Basin region face serious health challenges with the convergence of factors such as the emergence of new infectious agents, increased globalization, climate change and growing urbanization. To effectively respond to these challenges and prevent the spread of communicable diseases, the strengthening of public health systems and improved regional cooperation around disaster preparedness and the surveillance and response to disease outbreaks are key.

The iLab SEA has made a significant contribution to the international mHealth standards in the Southeast Asian region and beyond. Its work has transcended national boundaries thanks to its agile and participatory approaches to designing standards for mobile technology and supporting initiatives that improve global health, safety and sustainable development with mobile phones. The iLab SEA institutional use of design principles and context-appropriate technical support has enables partners across countries to overcome obstacles that hinder collaboration, allowing them to work more effectively in the health arena.The widespread use of iLab SEA solutions, especially their Verboice technology in the region and world reflects their value add to other available solutions.

InSTEDD iLab SEA was launched in 2008 in partnership with and the Rockefeller Foundation to design and develop integrated surveillance and response systems for disease outbreaks in the Mekong Basin region. Since its inception, the iLab has broadened its scope of activities to include interventions aimed at strengthening communications and information flow for maternal child health and for individuals receiving health care for TB and HIV as well as to help inform policy decisions for malaria prevention and care.

Field report of the initiative

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

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering

Key figures

20000000 Number of beneficiaries since launch

20000000 Number of users per

Materials used

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

Technologies used

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

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation



Skoll Global Threats Fund

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

World Food Programme

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


Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Ministry of Health Cambodia

Health: Healthcare professionals and structures