Oral and poster presentation prize winners

Tumelo Mampe

Tumelo Mampe

Tumelo Mampe, facilitator for health systems strengthening at Health Systems Trust (HST) won the 1st prize for the best oral presenter at the conference. Her presentation was entitled “Implementing the primary health care (PHC) Re-engineering strategy: An analysis of household profile registrations from 24 pilot sites of the North West (NW) Province”. This was one of 4 presentations by HST on the work done as part of their support for the implementation of PHC Re-engineering in the NW Province. Tumela is currently supporting the implementation of PHC Re-engineering in the NW Province. The presentation was an analysis of households profiled in 24 PHC Re-engineering pilot wards conducted between October 2011 and May 2012 (n=39530). The analysis focused on demographic, social and health issues at household level. It further identified households that are “vulnerable” (NDoH classifies vulnerable households as those with either: a pregnant woman, a birth in the past 6 weeks, children aged 5 years or younger, person taking chronic medication) that community health workers need to follow-up at set intervals.

Thiloshini Govender

Thiloshini Govender

The runner up was Thiloshini Govender who won the prize for an oral presentation with the title: The broader impact of policy change: antiretroviral treatment expansion in eThekwini. The paper was based on analysis of routine data collected by the Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health Unit (MatCH). It is a PEPFAR funded non-governmental organisation and the primary support partner to the eThekwini health district. The organisation has supported the anti-retroviral rollout programme since inception through a range of activities including infrastructure, human resources for health, training and technical assistance to implement government policies enhancing treatment access. A key function was support of the routine data collection for monitoring and evaluation of the ART rollout. The paper attempted to capture the policy evolution in the South African context and the effect of progressive and incremental policy change on treatment expansion in patients older than fifteen years. Use of routine programme data in the UNAIDS modelling programmes, Epidemic Projection Programme (EPP) and Spectrum made the analysis possible. The modelling exercise demonstrated the progressive gains and effects of a rapidly growing open cohort of patients being retained in care by computing the number of life years gained. The female preponderance in the gender profile of the HIV epidemic and health-seeking behaviour at public-sector facilities was also evident. Thiloshini is a Public Health Medicine Specialist working as a Programme Manager in MatCH. She feels fortunate to be part of a dedicated team of health workers who work across sites supporting the delivery high quality patient care which made both the policy implementation and data collection possible. She is thankful to the organisers of the conference and the committee for selecting the paper for the runner-up award of an external hard drive.

Riyadh Manesen

Riyadh Manesen

Riyadh Manesen won the 1st prize for the best poster presentation at the conference. He is a final year MPH student affiliated to the University of Pretoria and resident affiliated to the South African Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (SA-FELTP) based at the NICD in Sandringham. The title of the study presented in the poster was: An outbreak of diarrhoeal disease in Verkeerdevlei, Free State Province, February 2012. The main reason for him attending the conference was to share his experience of the outbreak with other public health professionals and to gain exposure at a scientific conference.

Charlyn Goliath

Charlyn Goliath

The runner up was Charlyn Goliath, Programme Coordinator Health System and Services Research at Stellenbosch University. Her main reason for attending the PHASA conference was that she wanted to network with the Public Health Community and identify gaps in research related to Public Health and Health System and Services Research. She won the poster prize for a presentation titled: The role of intermediate care facilities (ICF) in addressing the present and future rehabilitative health care needs of people with disabilities in the Western Cape, South Africa. Her presentation highlighted the gap in rehabilitation services in addressing the needs of people with disabilities in Intermediate Care Facilities as well as the lack of training in rehabilitation by staff providing a service at these facilities. And the external hard drive she won comes in very handy.

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