Bertrand is a Public Health expert, with special focus on Health and Community Systems Strengthening, Gender and Human Rights. He has over 12 years of experience in planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of health projects. Over the last five years he has carried out more than 15 technical assistance missions in West and Central Africa to scale up TB preventive treatment, capacity building of health care providers, sustained community involvement including TB survivors, reduction of gender and human rights barriers as well as ethical considerations.
He also supports National TB Programs in the region to strengthen community-based active TB case finding and human rights approaches to close the notification gap. He has been working with Stop TB Partnership since 2006, where he served as Vice Chair of the ACSM (Advocacy Communication and Social Mobilization) Working Group. In 2018, he joined the World Health Organization TB Civil Society Task Force to help translate WHO’s TB policies, including the End TB Strategy, into practice by integrating the views of TB affected communities and their networks at global, regional and national levels. He developed studies on Gender assessment for national HIV and TB responses in ivory coast (2016) and Chad (2018) as well as contributing to the development of Stop TB Partnership TB Stigma Assessment Implementation Handbook (2019) as member of the TB Stigma Technical Committee. Bertrand has a Master in Public Health (Health Promotion) from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lorraine, Nancy School of Public Health in France.