• Overview

    Vision / description

    In Senegal, drugs expenses are between 52% (urban) to 73% (rural) of family health-related spendings. But drug consumption is not optimized, as packaged medicine remain in households until expiration, or are offered without any medical control. NGO and private sector donations are not traceable as there is no computerized formal follow-up. This leads to many negative impacts, including automedication, illegal sales, environmental threats and financial loss.

    The JokkoSanté pilot project launched in Senegal in 2015 to address this critical problem by combining 3 mechanisms : circular economy, cross-financing and micro-savings. JokkoSanté users top-up their mobile account by depositing unused unopened medicines boxes in affiliated medical centers, receiving points from private sector CSR activities or by purchasing points with cash. Those accumulated points are used to pay prescriptions, using the conversion rate of 1 point = 1 franc.

    We are seeking potential UN partners, particularly with WHO, ITU-D, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF. We hope to increase our visibility and ability to launch trials in interested locations.

    Project objectives

    1) Better access through medication through innovative financing mechanism
    2) Reduce inequalities
    3) Focus on maternal and child health


    1) Individuals needing medicines
    2) Private sector

    Current progress

    JokkoSanté has been running in Senegal since 2015 as a successful pilot project with various international awards :
    - African Entrepreneurship Award 2015
    - ITU Telecom Award 2015 for Social Impact
    - eHealth Grand Prize Winner 2016 (France)
    - World Summit Award 2016 & 2016 (Senegalese Best Health App)
    - Ashoka Fellowship 2016
    - UN STI Forum 2017 (among 12 worldwide projects identified by STI Forum to help reach the SDGs by 2030)

    The project’s partners include Ashoka, two big pharma brands (Pierre Fabre and Boeringher Ingelheim) and big ICT players (Orange, Microsoft, etc.)

    The next steps are:
    - expansion in Senegal in 2018
    - launch in 6 West Africa countries in 2018
    - expansion in Africa in 2019 – 2020
    - expansion worldwide 2020 – 2030

    Project URL

    Sustainable Development Goals

    3. Good health and well-being; 10. Reduced inequalities; 12. Responsible consumption and production

    Partnership types of interest

    Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel

    Regions / countries / territories

    Africa: Senegal

    Detailed location

    The project is located in 2 areas : Passy (Center) and Dakar (West)

    Issue areas

    Health; Poverty

    Business sectors

    Health Care; Technology


    Existing partners

    - Orange
    - MicroSoft
    - Ashoka
    - Fondation Pierre Fabre
    - Boeringer Ingelheim (Making More Health Initiative)

    Stakeholders consulted

    Civil Society groups; Government; Indigenous groups

    Preferred partner organisation(s)

    UN Entity

    Type of support needed

    Co-product development; Funding; Innovation partner; Marketing/Communications; Volunteer

    Collective Action
    • This initiative has a potential for scalability.
    • This initiative is seeking additional partners.
    • This initiative respects all dimensions of sustainable development.
    • This initiative is not submitted with commercial intent.