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TIDIANI TOGOLA (Mali)
HERE TO HELP
A U TO M AT E D H E A LT H C A R E
A S S I S TA N T
ASSA (Assistant Sanitaire Automatique)
is a “health assistant” app helping in
the country’s fight against COVID-19,
by providing the public with national
news and other information sources
that give advice on how citizens can
avoid getting sick and prevent the
spread of the Coronavirus.
ASSA was developed by Tidiani Togola – a tech and innovation maker, who describes himself as a futurist at heart.
Tidiani founded Tuwindi in 2015 to support socio-economic development, good governance, democracy, and
the rule of law through ICT.
T E L L U S M O R E A B O U T YO U R
The Malian population and Africa in general has low levels of literacy and high levels of poverty, yet widespread
use of smartphones. The number of doctors and nurses
is limited, and healthcare platforms have little funding.
For this reason, the population needs to be equipped not
with an ordinary mobile app, but rather an Automated
Healthcare Assistant based on machine learning, an app,
which should also speak to its users in their own languages. ASSA was developed to provide a digital platform and
tool, which facilitates people’s access to quality healthcare and medical service provision.
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O F YO U R P R O D U C T
In the current environment, the ASSA platform is being
used to help combat the effects of COVID-19 effectively
in different ways. One of them is working with the Ministry of Health. The UNDP Office in Mali approached us
to help support the Ministry, where we are now providing
the ASSA platform’s Dashboard data collection system,
mobile app, and the chatbot.