Meaghan Thumath is a 2015 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing, a registered nurse (RN), and holds clinician scientist affiliations with the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE) and the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI). She is currently deployed as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 response in South Africa.
For over a decade Meaghan has provided technical assistance to international organizations such as WHO, UNDP, UNAIDS, the World Bank and the Global Fund to End AIDS, TB and Malaria supporting access to healthcare for sex workers, LGBTQ and people who use drugs in Central Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, West and Central Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. In Canada, she has served as the Chief of Staff (Senior MA) to the Minister of Mental Health and Addiction, as clinical coordinator of North America’s first supervision injection facility, Insite, and as a Street Nurse and Senior Practice Leader at the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Meaghan’s academic interests include health systems, gender equity and access to health care for marginalized populations. She holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and is a registered nurse with advanced practice certification in sexual and reproductive health, HIV and addiction medicine.