A young woman is having an ultrasound and for the first time hears her baby’s heartbeat. NEST is a Senegalese company offering high-quality services for woman and children at reasonable price, making it accessible to middle-classes.
In Senegal, the maternal mortality rate is 40 times higher than in France. Public hospitals suffer from a lack of means and struggle to offer health services of satisfactory quality. On the other hand, private clinics are usually prohibitively expensive.
Inside NEST clinic, a woman waits to be examined by a gynecologist, shortly after giving birth by cesarean. This kind of consultation costs 24€ here as opposed to 38€ in a private clinic and 15€ in a public hospital.
A gynecologist examines a patient after childbirth. All the specialists – pediatricians, gynecologists, anesthetists – work permanently in the clinic. NEST guarantees the availability of the necessary medication at all times.
Madame Ndiaye in her office, carrying her second daughter. She manages an employment agency of about 10 people. Her first child was born in a public hospital, but the conditions were difficult. She went to NEST to give birth to her second child.
A nurse in one of the rooms of the clinic. The quality of the infrastructures is a major focus for NEST, and the clinic includes an elevator, an operating room, and an air-conditioning system in every room.
A child is playing on his hospital bed, after surgery.
A nurse is taking a blood sample. Nurses are paid 150€ per month, which is 10% higher than the national minimum wage. Most importantly, they are all full-time employees with permanent contracts.
A girl is being treated for an asthma attack. Being open 24/7 is important to quickly deal with such emergencies.
A pediatrician examines a child. NEST’s clinic opened 2 years ago in the HLM Grand Medine neighborhood and now employs about 40 people
A 4 year-old child is waiting, with his mother, to be vaccinated. A vaccine costs 6€ while it may be charged up to 35€ in some clinics. In addition, NEST offers free tutorials on health issues on its social networks.
Placing an intravenous drip on a patient about to be operated on to remove the uterus.
A patient is waiting for the anesthetist in NEST operating room. In Senegal, about 30% of the births take place without the assistance of trained medical staff.
The medical staff is preparing an operation. As part of its complete monitoring program, NEST ensures the monitoring of the women during pregnancy and the pediatric monitoring of the children until age 15.
A surgeon is operating on a patient.
Khadidiatou Nakoulima is the co-founder and manager of NEST. She is 28 years old. After high school, she went to France to study. She was inspired by an Indian private chain maternity hospitals where she worked
Khadidiatou, director of NEST, shows Benedicta how to use the monitoring and management software for her work at the reception. It is very important for NEST to ensure the patients are well received.
Khadidiatou and one of the managers are discussing with a supplier about the new signage system for the clinic. NEST work exclusively with local suppliers, and their services amount to 7,500€ per month.
Two nurses working at NEST. 78% of the employees are women. On average, they are 33 years old and for most of them, this is their first permanent and formal job.
Two nurses are chatting during lunch break. NEST offers various training sessions to develop the competences of its employees: reception, quality control, marketing, communication.
Staff member of the cleaning company “GIE la perfection”. Nest’s CEO encouraged and helped the company to enter the formal sector.
The manager of NEST and a pediatrician organize a training session on infant feeding practices. This free activity is part of the monitoring program established by NEST after childbirth.
Mothers participating in the training with their children. The team supports the patients through time: pregnancy calendar, vaccination calendar, follow-up calls…
Inside the warehouse of a supplier of medical products. The supplier imports its products from China or India, employs 4 people and works with about 50 health structures in Senegal.
The midwife Madjiguene teaches the students of a hairdressing school about sexuality and contraception issues. This is one of the Information, Education and Communication campaigns organized by NEST.
The students are listening to the advice provided by the midwife on sexuality issues. The objective is to inform correctly and deconstruct the stereotypes on the subject. In 2 years, more than 800 women have benefitted from these sessions.
One of Dakar’s poor neighborhoods. 25% of Senegalese women do not benefit from any monitoring during the 40 days after childbirth.
A young couple with their baby Mamadou and their family, posing in the common courtyard shared by 17 people. Mamadou’s parents have benefited from NEST social program and a 30% discount.