Created in 2014, OAN (Objectif Analyse Nikki) International includes students from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and the Universidad de Valladolid. The association's mission is the local development of the town of Nikki in northeast Benin. Every year, a team visits the site to implement various projects (water access projects, irrigation projects, scholarship programs, etc.).
During the academic year, students designed, built, and tested a prototype autoclave to be installed at the Sounon Sero Hospital with their professors. A second autoclave for the Anoun clinic will be built in Nikki with a team of Beninese volunteers. Through this training, the team of volunteers will be able to reproduce the pilot and install solar-powered autoclaves in other health clinics on their own. The association will also train medical personnel in the use and maintenance of this equipment.
The Veolia Foundation supports this project which combines innovation and skills transfer. It is also supported by web users who massively voted online for OAN International winning it the People's choice prize. The Foundation's financial support will help the association purchase solar concentrators, pressure receptacles, and maintenance equipment.