Fondation Pierre Fabre

mHealth to improve the health of mothers, babies, and PLHIV

Main beneficiary country:
Burkina Faso

About the sponsor

Centre de Recherche en Santé de Nouna

The Nouna Healthcare Research Centre, is one of the three research facilities belonging to the Ministry of Health in Burkina Faso. As such, its roles are as follows: - Provide evidence to guide national health policy - Help to train researchers and students – - Help assess healthcare interventions - Create a favourable environment for national and international research - Provide consulting in its area of expertise, in particular for the demographic and healthcare monitoring system, and tracking and assessing healthcare programmes.

Sector: Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.

Country of origin: Burkina Faso

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mother and child health
  • Primary healthcare
  • Nutrition
  • Malaria/paludism
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Vaccination
  • Emergency services

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Area where initiative is utilised

  • Provincial/regional (in one region of a single country)

Initiative start date

  • 09/01/2013

Initiative end date

  • 02/28/2017


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)
  • Intergovernmental or international agency

Economic model(s)

  • Completely not for profit model - Does not generate income

About the initiative

The initiative’s aim is to help reduce mother and infant mortality through improved access to treatment, as well as reducing the number of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) dropping out of treatment by providing accessible treatment and targeted health information.

The solution places a greater emphasis on the community in delivering treatments, monitoring patients within the community and their help to deliver awareness-raising messages and reminders using mobile telecommunications. In short, the community’s role has been consolidated, unlike in the traditional healthcare system where only healthcare professionals perform this role.

MOS@N was launched in response to a critical situation for the health of mothers and infants and people living with HIV in Burkina Faso, characterised by high mother and infant mortality. More than 341 mothers died per 100,000 live births, and there are 28 neonatal deaths per 1000 live births. PLHIV are unlikely to adhere to treatment strategies, with more than 10% having dropped out of treatment, hindering the response to the epidemic. Five clinics have been equipped with an interactive voice server for awareness-raising and appointment reminders, staff with laptops with a patient monitoring platform installed, and mobile telecommunications resources to reach out to community stakeholders with their own phones, in order to make sure that communities have access to adequate, affordable, and fair healthcare services, as well as guidance in their respective healthcare facilities.

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
  • Pregnant women
  • Young children (0-5 years)
  • People living with HIV

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment
  • Improved access to treatment and health information

Key figures

3989 Number of beneficiaries since launch

1330 Number of users per Year

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)
  • IVR freeware developed on UBUNTU

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation

evaluated independently


District Sanitaire de Nouna

Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Fondation Terre des Hommes

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