Fondation Pierre Fabre

Prevent unwanted pregnancies by educating young people about sexuality, and by facilitating access and effective use of modern contraceptives thanks to digital technology

Main beneficiary country:
Congo - Kinshasa

About the sponsor

TKSwift Consulting

TKSwift Service of Software Development is a company created since 2017 in Yaounde. We exist to improve the living conditions of people with ICT through activities as IT Services, promotion and development of ICT for a better transition to a digital, green and sustainable economy.

Our long-term goals bring us to develop solutions in sectors such as Agri-Tech, E-Banking, E-Learning and E-Commerce, E-health and E-Education.

TKSwift team today count more than 15 people among which permanent workers, consultant and advisors.

Sector: Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.

Country of origin: Cameroon

Contact the sponsor

The organisation has:

2
Full-Time Equivalents
2
Employees
8
Volunteers
2
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mother and child health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Access to quality medicines/pharmacies

Stage of development:

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Area where initiative is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Initiative start date

  • 05/14/2019

Financing

Financing method

  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Income generated by beneficiaries
  • Revenue generated by the beneficiaries/healthcare facilities
  • Subsidies
  • Advertising
  • Sales of data analysis

About the initiative

There is a high number of unwanted pregnancies linked to taboos on sexuality and problems of access to adequate contraception. These unwanted pregnancies, most of which are early, have as their main effect a high morbidity rate among young girls. They also very regularly lead to difficulties in family cohesion and thus in socio-professional integration.

My Virtual Planning advises young people to adopt responsible sexual behaviour in order to avoid unwanted pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. My Virtual Planning informs young people about sexuality in general, including sexual and reproductive health, mutual respect, consent and contraceptive methods, through their mobile phones, whether or not they are connected to the Internet. Their main communication channels are their Facebook page and their mobile application.

A team of pshyco-sexologists, gynecologists, lawyers, forensic scientists and sexual health counselors is made available to offer the following services:

  • Daily notifications developing a specific topic of sex education selected by the user;
  • Chat available 24/7 with counselors (peer educators) who answer users' questions and direct them according to their problem to the gynecologist or psychosexologist;
  • Teleconsultations with a gynecologist who, if necessary, directs the user to a partner health center for medical intervention;
  • Teleconsultations with a psycho-sexologist for people with sexual disorders;
  • A virtual legal clinic assists victims of sexual harassment in schools and universities;
  • A conversational robot available offline in the mobile application helps young girls calculate their menstrual cycle.

All these are available through My Virtual Planning mobile app on Google Play Store.

My Virtual Planning offers specific advantages to its target audience: 

  1. Users do not see their interlocutors, which pushes them to open up more and express themselves without shame, which is rarely possible when they see the doctor in person;
  2. Conversations are personalized, each person poses his or her own problem and receives specific answers, followed by long-term follow-up;
  3. Thanks to MyViP, young people no longer need to travel to seek advice or walk long distances to find their medication, they can contact professionals in complete mobility thanks to their mobile phone and converse in real time, then know in less than 3 min the exact pharmacy where to go;
  4. Tele-doctors are also young people, so they themselves are concerned by the subject (peer education);
  5. Through the virtual legal clinic, victims of harassment can freely denounce their harasser without exposing themselves.

Fields of application:

Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations) - Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC)

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Pregnant women
  • Children - adolescents (ages 6-18)
  • young adults and adults up to 45 years

Initiative objectives

  • Decreased morbidity
  • Socio-professional fulfillment of the girl, and women empowerment

Key figures

5000 Number of beneficiaries since launch

19 Number of users per Day

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

Yes

Open Source

No

Open Data

No

Independent evaluation

No

Partners

Avocats.cd

Industrial: Startups, enterprises, etc.

Premature Baby and Mother's Health

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

Partners

Collaborators

startupBrics