Djobi : A Mobile Application to Help Fight Maternal and Child Mortality

Djobi, a m-health application, is being tested in Senegal and Mali to reduce child mortality thanks to health data collection by community workers employed by community health insurances.

Djobi : A Mobile Application to Help Fight Maternal and Child Mortality

The m-health initiative called Djobi, which has been financed by the Fond Francophone des Inforoutes and set up by RAES (Réseau Africain d’Educationpour la Santé), an NGO, in partnership with Gaston Berger University and Orange, aims to reduce child mortality among children of under five in Senegal and Mali.

This mobile community health program is based on a network of community workers employed by community health insurances. These – nearly exclusively female – community workers regularly visit families in rural areas who have subscribed to a health insurance for their child. Equipped with a mobile phone, they gather health data on the mothers and children thanks to Djobi, a special mobile application, and can refer them to national health centers for a follow-up visit. The data are transmitted through the mobile phone to a server with secured access; the access is reserved to the local responsible of the health centre (usually a nurse). In case the health centre detects a problem, they can send the file to the health specialist for advice; this specialist can decide to send an SMS to the health insurance community worker in order to have the child visit a health centre. Consultation is free and there are reduced rates for medication.

The pilot project was launched in 2012 in communities around Bamako and in September 2013 in Passy, Senegal. 200 000 women are targeted in Senegal and 100 000 in Mali. Partners are still building the economic model for the project to move forward from a pilot project to a sustainable one. Refunding will probably be done by the mutual insurance thanks to the insured’s contributions.

Djobi was among the eight m-health initiatives which received grants from the Norway-owned Innovation Working Group (IWG) and the mHealth Alliance in September 2012.


  • Orange Foundation

    United States | Staff size: Unknown

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  • Global Health Workforce Alliance (The Alliance)

    Switzerland | Staff size: Unknown

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  • Mali Ministry of Health

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  • Senegal Ministry of Health and Social Action

    Staff size: Unknown
  • Sonatel Foundation

    Senegal | Staff size: 6-25

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  • International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)

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    Netherlands | Staff size: 26-50

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  • Belgian Development Agency (ENABEL)

    Funding Agencies
    Belgium | Staff size: 501-1000

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  • World Health Organization (WHO)

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    Staff size: 5001-10,000

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Key Information

LocationWest Africa, Senegal, Mali
  • Start Date 2012