Global Perspectives on Financing Universal Health Coverage

Monday, January 15, 2024 16:00to17:00

Timothy G. Evans, DPhil, M.D.

Director and Associate Dean |
School of Population and Global Health | McGill University

WHERE: Hybrid | 2001 McGill College, Rm 1140 | Zoom

Note: Dr. Evans will be presenting in-person from 2001 McGill College, Rm 1140


All countries have committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Canada and many other countries are facing growing challenges in meeting the targets related to UHC. This seminar will focus on how health systems are financed, discuss some of the challenges they are facing and propose some options for strengthening financing to enable universal health coverage.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this talk, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the definition of Universal Health Coverage;
  • Identify core principles of financing health care;
  • Consider challenges and opportunities for financing of Universal Health Coverage.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Timothy Grant Evans joined McGill University in September 2019, as the Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Principal (Global Policy and Innovation). Since joining McGill, and in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, he was named as the Executive Director of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force in April 2020.

Prior to McGill, he spent 6 years as the Senior Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. From 2010 to 2013, Tim was Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Senior Advisor to the BRAC Health Program. From 2003 to 2010, he was Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to this, he served as Director of the Health Equity Theme at the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier in his career, he was an attending physician of internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was Assistant Professor in International Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Tim has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. At WHO, he led the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. He has been a co-founder of many partnerships including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) as well as efforts to increase access to HIV treatment for mothers and innovative approaches to training community-based midwives in Bangladesh. Tim received his Medical Degree from McMaster University in Canada and was a Research and Internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned a D.Phil. in Agricultural Economics from University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

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