San Lau is a pediatric physician, Mailman alumna (MPH 2019, PHHA certificate), and Senior Program Officer for the CPC Learning Network and the Program on Forced Migration and Health (PFMH), with 10 years of professional experience bridging clinical medicine, public health and research. She is dedicated to improving the health and protecting the rights of marginalized populations, including children and families affected by forced displacement, violence, and communicable diseases.
San joined the CPC team in September 2020 and is coordinating a joint project of CPC and the Bank Information Center that aims to improve the World Bank’s ability to prevent and respond to child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Prior to joining CPC Team, San worked as a pediatric doctor in children’s hospitals in Australia and provided medical outreach in Nepal and remote indigenous Australian communities. She also researched the molecular biology of childhood brain tumors at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., as an American Australian Association and Thrasher Research Fund fellow. During her fieldwork practicum in Zimbabwe, she led the development of a referral system to strengthen community-facility linkages for children affected by HIV, TB and malnutrition. As a senior program officer for PFMH, she managed a research project examining self-reliance and resilience among Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan; and a multi-country research consortium funded by the World Bank, aiming to strengthen national health systems in contexts of protracted displacement. She is also currently supporting PFMH’s public health response to COVID-19 and its impacts on displaced populations.