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Seeing the World as a Network – Romain Tohouri

by on November 27, 2015

Romain - Lac Tanganyika – Burundi – December 2014Today we meet Romain Tohouri. Your chief challenge is to keep track of where he was, is, and will be.

The trail starts in 2002 in Bamako, Mali, where Romain completed his studies in medicine at the University of Bamako. After graduating, he started a company that specialized in eHealth and informatics and communications technology (ICT) for development. The company included an ICT training center for a variety of sectors – not just health. He and a friend also created a tele-radiology project that enabled clinicians in remote areas to send patient x-rays to radiologists in Bamako for reading and diagnosis. (Before we leave Bamako, let me just mention that this city figures prominently as a source of African music. An example is Dimanche a Bamako by Amadou and Mariam. I expect to hear this song in the hallways of MEASURE Evaluation in Chapel Hill as folks here play this clip.)

At a conference in Brussels in 2007, Romain met faculty from the University of Oslo and entered a PhD program with that university in 2009 (he is still working on this). At a WHO conference in Dakar, he met Leontine Gnassou, and she recruited him to work with MEASURE Evaluation and JSI on HMIS strengthening in Cote d’Ivoire starting in 2010. Then Ebola happened. In July of this year, Romain was placed in Liberia and embedded in the MOH to strengthen the resilience of their HIS in the face of epidemics like Ebola. When finished there, he will be located at the JSI offices in Arlington, Virginia.

Romain is originally from Cote d’Ivoire (you thought he was from Mali, right?) When not working, Romain loves to read, play with his children, work on his farm, go fishing, and simply enjoy nature. If you can find him, I hope you enjoy meeting Romain one day.


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