NEST is a Senegalese company offering a complete monitoring of woman and young child. Aiming in the long-term at establishing a network of health care facilities, NEST provides high-quality services accessible to the middle classes.
Founded in 2012, NEST provides a complete monitoring of woman and children thanks to a pediatric and maternity hospital. NEST offers high-quality health services at reasonable price, primarily aimed at middle classes. Accessible 24/24 and 7/7, NEST puts a particular emphasis seeing and listening to patients, and allows young women of child-breeding age to be followed until the birth, and a follow-up of their children until they are 15 years old. This model, inspired from the Indian private chain of maternity hospitals Lifespring Hospital, is particularly relevant in Senegal, where local medical offer is shared between expensive private clinics and public infrastructures suffering from a lack of technical means and standards. NEST embodies a gap-filling role within this market.
Khadidiatou Nakoulima grew up in Senegal and graduated from Mines de Paris in 2009. Several members of her family working in the medical field, Khady is deeply aware of the health issues in Senegal. She founded NEST in 2012 with the help of her father, Alassane, her brother Ousseynou and Dr. Adboulaye DIOP, gynaecologist. Khadidiatou currently manages the company. She aims at establishing a health network dedicated to woman and children in West Africa for low and middle-income populations.
Why is it important ?
In Senegal, mortality related to pregnancy, child birth and post-partum is the first cause of death among women of child-bearing age. 25% of women have no medical follow-up in the 41 days following child birth. Existing solution in Senegal for the health of women and children are either very expensive (particularly private clinics), or affordable but insufficient and do not respect hygiene norms. Neither of these solutions offers total care for the mother and child. The improvement of the health services in this sector is one of the main priorities of the Senegalese state. NEST is a medical network dedicated to women and children. NEST offers a complete and high-quality medical cover at reasonable price and is particularly suited for the middle classes.
Impact matrix and analyzes
Before each reportage, we perform an impact analysis of the activity of each small company using an impact identification matrix designed by the project experts. This is done in close collaboration with the company CEO. The nature of the impacts identified (economical, social, quality of life etc) as well as the stakeholders involved (clients, employees, competitors etc) in the company ecosystem are scanned. The content of the completed matrix is then used as underlying themes for the photo/video shooting and interviews once in Africa.
IMPACT #1 / Easier access to health care
The health center is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, which is relatively rare in Dakar. Established in a middle class neighborhood, there is no extra cost related to transportation. A specialist sees patients rapidly, waiting times are short and fair pricing enables a more inclusive care than in private clinics.
IMPACT #2 / Establish local partnerships
NEST only works with local suppliers, and ensures a purchase volume of roughly 7.500 euros a month. The company has also encouraged and helped one of its suppliers to move into the formal economy.
IMPACT #3 / High quality health services
The center benefits from modern infrastructure. The doctors and specialists work there permanently and the medication is always available. Medicalization means less stress for patients thanks to the availability of teams, the importance given to listening and post-consultation follow-up (pregnancy, vaccination etc.)
IMPACT #4 / Job opportunities for young women
Employees are young (33 years old on average) and the great majority of them are women (78%). The nurses receive a salary that is about three times higher than the minimal wage in Senegal. For many of them, this is their first formal job. NEST offers training sessions to develop their competence and skills.
IMPACT #5 / Awareness and training sessions
NEST organizes “Information, Education and Communication” campaigns to inform young women on maternity and sexuality issues. They often have limited knowledge on these subjects, or have received wrong information, based on popular belief. 800 women have so far benefited from these campaigns.