Voices in Health: December 9, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 PM



Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Room B104, 2206 East Mall
Registration: Please register by using this link. The event is free.
If you can’t make it in person, you can watch this event through YouTube Live



4:00 – 4:10: Welcome and Introduction
4:10 – 4:55: Keynote
4:55 – 5:00: Break
5:00 – 5:45: Panel and Questions



Peter Berman

Prof. Peter Berman (M.Sc, Ph.D) is a health economist with forty years of experience in research, policy analysis and development, and training and education in global health. Prof. Berman is Professor and Director, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada, and Adjunct Professor in Global Health at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, as of January 1, 2019.

He relocated to Vancouver, Canada after a quarter century on the faculty of Harvard University, most recently as Professor of the Practice of Global Health Systems and Economics at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) in Boston, USA. He is also affliated as Adjunct Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in New Delhi, India and as advisor to the China National Health Development Research Center for health care financing and health accounts.

Prof. Berman was the founding faculty director of Harvard Chan’s new Doctor of Public Health degree and has been actively engaged in graduate education reform in global public health at Harvard. In recent years, Prof. Berman has led several innovative research projects on developing primary care systems, strengthening service delivery, and improving health care financing mechanisms for better outcomes, with a focus on work in Ethiopia, India, and Malaysia.

With the World Bank from 2004-2011, Prof. Berman spent four years in the Bank’s New Delhi office as Lead Economist for Health, Nutrition, and Population. There he oversaw a portfolio of almost $2 billion in projects and research. In Washington, D.C from 2008, he was Lead Health Economist in the HNP anchor department and Practice Leader for the World Bank’s Health Systems Global Expert Team. He led analytical work on health systems analysis and strategic approaches to improving service delivery.

Previously at Harvard Prof. Berman was the founding Director of the International Health Systems Program (see www.hsph.harvard.edu/international-health-systems-program) in the Population and International Health Department. He is the author or editor of five books on global health economics and policy and more than 50 academic papers in his field and numerous other working papers and reports. He has led and/or participated in major field programs in all regions of the developing world.

Prof. Berman’s specific areas of work include analysis of health systems performance and the design of reform strategies; assessment of the supply side of health care delivery and the role of private health care provision in health systems and development of strategies to improve outcomes through public-private sector collaboration. He pioneered the development and use of national health accounts as a policy and planning tool in developing countries. Prof. Berman has worked extensively on health system reform and health care development issues in a number of countries including Egypt, India, Colombia, Indonesia, and Poland. He has also worked for extended periods of residency and field work in Indonesia and India. He is co-author of Getting Health Reform Right: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity (Roberts, et al, Oxford University Press, 2008), co-editor of the Guide to the Production of National Health Accounts (World Bank, World Health Organization, and USAID, 2003), and co-editor of Berman and Khan, Paying for India’s Health Care (Sage, 1993).



Patricia Spittal

Dr. Patricia Spittal is an anthropologist whose work addresses HIV-related vulnerabilities of marginalized communities living in both resource-rich and resource-poor countries.
She is the principal investigator of The Cedar Project, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded initiative that is looking to understand the sexual and drug-related vulnerabilities of Aboriginal youth who use drugs.
She and her research team from Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda and Lacor Hospital, Gulu, also received CIHR funding to establish a similar prospective cohort in Northern Uganda called the “Cango Lyec Project” (Healing the Elephant) that addresses the HIV vulnerabilities of people affected by conflict in Northern Uganda.
Dr. Spittal’s research interests include sexual and drug-related harms associated with injection drug use and vulnerabilities of young Aboriginal drug users.



Achilles Katamba

Dr. Achilles Katamba, MBChB, DCH, MSc, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala Uganda (http://chs.mak.ac.ug/). He is a medical doctor and holds a master’s and doctoral degrees in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Health Services Research) from Case Western Reserve University, USA. Dr Katamba is the Ugandan Head of the Uganda Tuberculosis Implementation Research Consortium (U-TIRC – http://utbspwebsite.wixsite.com/u-tirc), a consortium between clinical scientists at Makerere University, Public health officials at the Uganda Ministry of Health, the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control programme and scientists from the University of California at San Francisco, Yale University, John Hopkins University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. U-TIRC focuses on improving tuberculosis diagnosis and care by undertaking high-quality clinical, epidemiological and implementation science research that seeks to identify barriers to TB evaluation, to develop implementation strategies to address the barriers, and to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of these strategies at different health centers in Uganda. Dr Katamba is also an investigator of the Cango Lyec Study: Developing and Testing Interventions to Reduce HIV risk, increase access to treatment and promote resilience to HIV and related conditions, and assess barriers to prevention and treatment in a post-conflict population.


Herbert Muyinda

Dr. Herbert Muyinda is an anthropologist and senior lecturer and current Director of the Child Health and Development Centre (CHDC), College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. The multi-disciplinary centre involves training and mentoring masters and PhD students in bio-medical, and social science research approaches. CHDC promotes holistic responses to community health needs through multidisciplinary research and strengthening of partnerships between the university, communities, government, international partners, and other stakeholders in health and development. Muyinda’s research centers on the socio-behavioral sciences with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. He has previously done research on HIV and AIDS, mental illness, disability, pulmonary rehabilitation, and nutrition and early childhood development. Muyinda is also Co- Principal Investigator of a longitudinal (cohort) study in post-conflict northern Uganda, focused on exploring, developing and testing transformative interventions to build HIV prevention services and to promote lifelong HIV care. The study is a collaboration between Makerere University and the University of British Columbia, funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). The goal is to explore, develop and test culturally-safe, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and technology-enhanced (CSTT) interventions among marginalized populations.



Martin Schechter

Martin Schechter is Professor in and was the Founding Director of the School of Population and Public Health at the UBC.
He was trained in mathematics (PhD), medicine (MD) and epidemiology (MSc), and combines interests in clinical epidemiology/clinical trials and with HIV and addiction research. Dr. Schechter now serves as Chief Scientific Officer of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and as Co-Director of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.


Jan Hajek

Jan Hajek is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. His research interests include tuberculosis, tropical medicine, immigration and refugee health, and animal welfare and zoonotic disease.


For further questions about the event, please contact voices.in.health@spph.ubc.ca


Voices in Health: Future Events – Stay Tuned

The School of Population and Public Health is thrilled to announce a monthly speaker series for the 19/20 academic year called Voices in Health, featuring renowned public and global health experts.

Admission is free to faculty, students and staff.

Term 1 Dates:

Monday, December 9 from 4-6pm

Term 2 Dates:

Thursday, February 13 or 27, 2020 (TBC) 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020

All events will be held at UBC Point Grey, more details to come!


Past Events & Recordings

September 30, 2019 | Public Health, Law and Climate Change – Legal Approaches to Protecting Children’s Health in a Warming WorldYoutube Video

October 25, 2019 | Including Equity in Global Health Priority SettingYoutube Video

November 18, 2019 | Developing Canada’s new Food Guide and the Healthy Eating StrategyYoutube Video