SANAC’s Petro Rousseau honoured at eHealthAFRO 2017
Petro Rousseau, an HIV Technical Director for SANAC was awarded an Outstanding Health Leader award during the eHealthAFRO 2017 Conference held at Emperor’s palace in the past week. This is in recognition of her work in spearheading the development of the ‘Focus for Impact’ – an HIV data collection and analysis technology.
The technology is an interactive, web-based application that will be instrumental in the implementation of the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs since it makes it easier to collect, dissect and analyse data. It will help inform prevention, care and treatment strategies, especially in high burden areas. Focus for Impact is able to zoom into a specific ward and dissect information, not only limited to the three infections but it also enables the user to look into socio-economic factors that contribute to the spread of HIV, TB and STIs.
Petro is ecstatic about her award and says it is humbling to receive such a recognition for the Focus for Impact tool.
“I attended the conference not even knowing there will be an awards ceremony. The next thing I am one of the winners! It was the most amazing thing!” she said excitedly.
The eHealthAFRO 2017 Conference was more of a working workshop than a conference – the plenary was arranged in a banquet style sitting where team tables of eight debated keynote presentations and academic papers to formulate an agreed action going forward. The actions were collated and consolidated throughout the conference and culminated in a voting session on the final afternoon to rank priorities.
Outputs of the conference will then forge priority actions for Southern Africa in the advancement of eHealth systems. A summary report will be shared with all health ministries of Southern African countries.
[ALL IMAGES: Courtesy of eHealthAFRO 2017 website]