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    Canada Research Chair

  • Ties Boerma
  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    771 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2

    Phone: 204-294-7963

Research summary

Measurement and monitoring of progress towards the health and health-related 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including universal health coverage; including longitudinal research in a health and demographic surveillance study in northwest Tanzania.

Generating evidence to strengthen reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programs in low and lower middle-income countries.

Assessment of the death toll of armed conflict and disasters (famines, epidemics, environmental), including the political and scientific dimensions.

Research themes

measurement and monitoring of universal health coverage

mortality in armed conflicts and disasters

reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Research affiliations

Institute for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba

Honorary professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Research groups

Countdown to 2030 for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (www.countdown2030.org)



Dr. Ties Boerma is a professor in community health sciences at the University of Manitoba. He is also Canada Research Chair for Population and Global Health at the Centre for Global Public Health and director of the Countdown to 2030 for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.

Dr. Boerma has over 35 years of experience working in global public health and research programs, including 10 years at national and districts levels in Africa, health lead at Demographic and Health Surveys, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and World Health Organization.

He directed the World Health Organization's work on health statistics, information and evidence for 14 years and has published extensively on HIV, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, health information systems and statistics in epidemiological, demographic, and public health journals.

Dr. Boerma is a national of the Netherlands with medical degree from the University of Groningen and a PhD in medical demography from the University of Amsterdam.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Demography, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1996)

Master of Science in Medical Demography, State University, Groningen, the Netherlands (1983)

Doctor of Medicine (MD), State University, Groningen, the Netherlands (1982)

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Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada