The NGO Djantoli (ex Pesinet) was created with a view to fight against infant and maternal mortality. It aims at compensating for the weaknesses of existing public health systems and offering an affordable medical service for the prevention, detection and early treatment of simple pathologies, thanks to regular follow-ups of essential sanitary information. Djantoli offers a community e-health service for low income populations. It integrates prevention and treatment and is based on the work of health representatives within the community and on a real-time medical follow-up system enabled by mobile technologies.
After a year of experimentation and field study, the project's true activity started in early 2008 in Mali, with the long-term goal to spread the system to others countries with high infant and maternal mortality rates.
Women are at the heart of this model. As clients they take out the subscription for their young children and convince the head of the family of the legitimacy of the service. Later, they will be able to subscribe for their own pregnancy follow-up. As actors of change in their community and relays of prevention messages, Djantoli recruits committed and enterprising women, and trains them to become health representatives and ambassadors of the service in their neighborhoods. Women are empowered and their role as health representatives for their families is promoted.
A young mother explains Djantoli healthcare service in Mali.
The young mother of Little Youssouf Tiama’s, called «Papi», who is barely 15 months old, testifies: “My son enrolled in Djantoli 6 months ago. His last weight was 9,84 kg! Mama Touré, a health worker from Djantoli, comes every Wednesday and takes care of the child. I like that and so do the children. Now, it’s even the little Youssouf who runs right up to the agent when he sees her arrive! One time he had a stuffy nose and a high fever. We were very worried. When we went to the health center, we showed the Djantoli card and it was easy. They told us he had malaria. I love my children and I want them to be in good health, that’s what motivated me to sign up. If the child is healthy, the mother is relieved and the father also!”