Ties Boerma is Director of the Department of Health Statistics and Informatics at the World Health Organization in Geneva. He obtained his degree in medicine from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, and his PhD in Medical Demography from the University of Amsterdam. He has 30 years of experience working in public health and research programmes in developing countries, including 10 years in Africa. In the US, Dr. Boerma worked for Demographic and Health Surveys as Health Coordinator and as Director of the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project, while holding an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In Africa, he worked for UNICEF in primary health care and monitoring and evaluation in eastern and southern Africa, and as technical lead of a National Institute for Medical Research/Royal Tropical Institute Amsterdam research and intervention project on HIV/AIDS in Mwanza, Tanzania. Dr. Boerma has published extensively on monitoring and evaluation, health information, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health in epidemiological, demographic, and public health journals.