Dr. Alero Ann Roberts
With 30 years’ experience working as a medical practitioner, teacher and researcher in Lagos, Dr. Roberts developed a keen sense of the issues that affect healthcare service delivery from a ‘grassroots’ perspective. The decline in the capacity to deliver quality care over the past two decades due to degradation of infrastructure has resulted in the deskilling of many healthcare practitioners. This underscores the necessity for committed skills development of healthcare professionals through exposure to cutting edge technology in developed centres. This has instigated in her a desire to improve the patient experience by ensuring access to expert care wherever it is available. She brings to the table the experience of many years on the field, at the edge of the battle against abysmal statistics and the names and faces of the men, women, children and families who constitute the numbers. Added to the many years of training of students at under- and post-graduate level, she has initiated, supervised, participated and published several pieces of research. It is hoped that her perspective can assist to develop the next generation of healthcare professionals with the skills to deliver global standard quality of care to improve the lives and survival chances of the Nigerian people.