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Monitoring Health Progress: From Global Estimates to Local Health Data

October 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

On Friday, October 5th, Ties Boerma, PhD, will present Monitoring Health Progress: From Global Estimates to Local Health Data as part of the Carolina Population Center 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series.
Boerma is Professor and Canada Research Chair for Population and Global Health at the Centre for Global Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada, and Director of the Countdown to 2030 for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health. He has over 30 years of experience working in global public health and research programs, including 10 years at national and districts levels in Africa. Boerma served as Director of the Evaluation project from 1997-2002, precursor to today‚Äôs MEASURE Evaluation, while holding an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He directed the World Health Organization’s work on health information and evidence for 12 years, and has worked for bilateral donors, national governments and research institutions, and published extensively on AIDS, maternal and child health, health information systems and statistics in epidemiological, demographic, and public health journals. A national of the Netherlands, he received his medical degree from the University of Groningen, and a PhD in Medical Demography from the University of Amsterdam.

Boerma is hosted by Carolina Population Center Fellow Sharon Weir. Weir is a Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Weir has collaborated with UNAIDS and the World Health Organization since 2009, co-chairing a working group to develop operational guidelines for monitoring and evaluation of HIV prevention and treatment programs for people who inject drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender people.


The regular monitoring of key health indicators from mortality and morbidity to universal health coverage (UHC) progress is critical for the assessment of progress and performance, the development of strategies and plans, and the implementation of programs. The supply of global health estimates has increased dramatically over the past decade, with ever-increasing granularity, supported by sophisticated statistical modeling. Countries are gradually making progress in improving their health information systems, assisted by data digitization. How can we best bring these developments together? This presentation will focuses on the current balance between global estimates production and local data strengthening, the new challenges of the UHC 2030 agenda, and the progress in using health facility data for subnational monitoring.

Instructors: To arrange for class attendance, contact Kate Allison ( by the Monday before the seminar

Streaming may be available and must be arranged at least one week in advance.

This seminar is part of the Carolina Population Center’s Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series.


October 5, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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