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We currently work with Malian families living in urban areas. Our service is targeting low income populations, mostly living from the informal economy, which constitute the great majority of people in Mali.
Families are large in size: polygamy is frequent and there is no family planning (women have 7 children on average, with pregnancies close together).
Resort to care is weak and populations distrust conventional medicine. They tend to favor family advice, self-medication or traditional medicine. Popular beliefs are strongly anchored and, as the level of education is low (70% of mothers have either no education or just an elementary one), families often do not recognize the symptoms & diseases, or choose inadequate treatments.
In urban setting, the father is responsible for providing food and money to the family, while the mother takes care of the children. As a consequence, mothers are generally the ones to decide to enroll their child into the Pesinet program and then convince their husband to pay for it. The father has limited information about his child health because he is away during the day. The population we target has very little understanding of the benefits of prevention.
To reach this population, we favor working with national staff members. The network of agents that we hire in partnership with the healthcare centers are from the district covered. They are trusted and well-known women in the community. This allows them to work closely with mothers and children, convince them of the added-value of prevention and create a reassuring climate for families.
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Pesinet was founded by Pierre Carpentier, Antoine de Clerck and Anne Roos-Weil in 2007. The NGO is currently managed by Anne Roos-Weil.
The history of Pesinet dates back to the early 2000s. The founding concept - detecting simple children diseases through tracking of their weight - was initially developed by a French philanthropic venture capital firm, Afrique Initiatives. A pilot experiment was launched in Senegal, which had to stop by lack of a sustainable economic model.
In 2006, Antoine de Clerck and Pierre Carpentier, former members of Afrique Initiatives project team, enrolled the idea into an academic program held by top French business school ESSEC and engineering school Ecole Centrale. A team of students worked 6 months on a business plan and designed the service as it is now, including use of technologies, self-sustaining economic model, health insurance model. The team was led by ESSEC student Anne Roos-Weil.
Already graduate in Political Sciences, Anne was passionate about development issues. Coming from a family of doctors, she was particularly interested in public health. At the end of the 6 months, Pierre, Anne and Antoine decided to launch a pilot experimentation in Mali, and founded the NGO.
In 2009, after obtaining a grant from the social incubator Antropia, Anne decided to engage full-time in the project and give it the means to reach its full potential. She has been CEO of Pesinet since then. In 2010, the quality of her approach was further acknowledged, as she became Ashoka Fellow. She is currently based in Mali.