Thoai Ngo 

Thoai Ngo, PhD, is the global director of the Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program and the Founding Director of the Girl Innovation, Research, and Learning (GIRL) Center at the Population Council. An epidemiologist based in New York City, his research focuses on the intersections between gender, health, and poverty globally. Ngo is an advisor to multilateral and bilateral donors, private foundations, universities, United Nations agencies, and governmental bodies in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Ngo sits on the editorial committee of Studies in Family Planning, serves as the board chair for Ibis Reproductive Health, and lectures at leading global health universities. He publishes widely in scientific journals and other media. Thoai is recognized as a 120 Under 40.


Tackling the U.S. Coronavirus Data Catastrophe

Recommendations for the Biden-Harris COVID-19 response national strategy


Bridging Health Gaps With Inclusive Urbanization

To tackle health disparities, the global health community must promote inclusive urbanization


Two Hundred Thousand and (Not) Counting

The U.S. failure to collect social and community data hampers efforts to control COVID-19 and to address health inequity


One Weak Link and the Whole Thing Falls Apart

A more structured, uniform, and comprehensive U.S. approach is needed to collect, report, and analyze coronavirus data


We Need a Pro-Poor and Pro-Black Response to COVID-19

Concentrate testing in poor Black and Latinx neighborhoods now and plan for an equitable distribution of future vaccines