Dr. Christine Sow
Vice President, International Programs
Dr. Sow is an internationally-recognized expert in public health, with more than 20 years of experience improving women’s and girls’ quality of life in resource-poor settings. Trained as a demographer and holding a Ph.D. in epidemiology, Dr. Sow has focused her career on the well-being of women and children by strengthening health systems and increasing access to life saving drugs and facilities. Dr. Sow oversees a team of experts responsible for fundraising and technical support of Plan’s institutional donor-funded programs.
Before joining Plan International USA, Dr. Sow served as Chief of the Child Survival Section of UNICEF’s country program in Mali, where she led a team of 30 professionals. Throughout her time in Mali, Dr. Sow provided technical assistance to national policy development within the health sector, specifically focusing on scaling-up community health strategies. She served as vice-chair of the National Malaria Control Program’s oversight committee and supervised UNICEF’s contributions to the implementation of the International Health Partnership Compact in Mali.
Dr. Sow served as the Country Coordinating Mechanism Chair for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Mali; Health Team Leader and Senior Public Health Advisor for the USAID mission in Mali; Chief of Party and Cote d’Ivoire Country Director for Family Health International; and Senior Technical Officer for Evaluation, Surveillance and Epidemiological Research for Family Health International in Arlington, Virginia.
Drawing upon her extensive experience in the public health field and partnership development, Dr. Sow has assumed a variety of leadership roles, working with key international health actors at both the global and national level. Dr. Sow possesses established HIV, maternal and child health programmatic and technical expertise in advocacy, strategy development, oversight and budgetary management.
Dr. Sow received her Master of Public Health and Master of Arts from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Tulane. She is bilingual in English and French.