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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.

he 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 pa- tients rapidly, waiting times are short and fair pricing enables a more inclusive care than in private clinics.

NEST only works with local suppliers, and ensures a purchase volume 7 of roughly 7.500 euros a month. The company has also encouraged and helped one of its suppliers to move into the formal economy.

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.)

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.

NEST organizes “Information, Education and Communication” — campaigns to inform young women on maternity and sexuality is- 8 sues. 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.

……………………………………………………………………………………The project : SMALL IS POWERFUL / How small African companies are fostering the Development of the continent

Through a visual and analytical investigation, « Small is Powerful » provides an unusual vision of the African continent by exploring it through its Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). Above all, the project is attached to a human vision of these companies by looking at their stakeholders (clients, employees, local population, political and community figures) and by positively highlighting the impact of these SMEs on their respective ecosystems.  By producing five reportages on SMEs operating in different countries and sectors, the project aims to show how African SMEs are a catalyst for growth on the continent.

The project intends to : Fight against stereotypes on how African economy and society are currently perceived / Support and promote the reality of African entrepreneurship which is rich and dynamic, carrying prospects for the future / Produce visual and analytical content allowing an efficient case to be made for these entrepreneurs committed to this dynamic, and who are vital contributors supporting African growth