Prof. Ahmedou Moustapha Sow is a Senegalese physician, researcher, educator and former professor of internal medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Dakar (1971-1997).
Prof. Sow was born in Saint Louis, Senegal on 5 May 1931. He firstly studied at Ecole nomale W Ponty, Dakar, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1954. After a period at the faculty of sciences, Dakar (1954-1956), he moved to the faculty of medicine and pharmacy at the same University (1956-1966). He was awarded the Dakar Distinction Prize of Medicine 1962, and between 1963 and 1966, he was an assistant in Histology and Embryology. After defending his thesis, he took up medical residency at the College of Medicine of the Paris Hospital (St. Antoine). He earned his higher diploma of medicine of Paris in 1966-1967. He also studied in the former Yugoslavia where he took the international course of the Balkanic medical union, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, in 1967.
He became a professor of medicine, emeritus professor at Dakar University, in 1976, 1988 respectively. He was head physician, diabetic centre, Dakar, as well as chief of internal medicine (1978-1997). At present, he is director of an urban centre for non-transmissible chronic diseases.
Dr Sow has been a consultant for the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) for Blood and Liver Diseases (Addis Ababa, 1972), a consultant for the WHO on the Elderly and Diabetes, and the International Federation of the Elderly (FIAPA, France).
His specific fields of scientific interests are chronic diseases mainly related to mode of life and their prevention by education.
Furthermore, Prof. Sow has more than 130 publications on different topics some of which he presented at many national and international conferences, including the 7th IAS Conference on “Health, Nutrition and Development in the Islamic World,” which was held in Dakar (Senegal), during 22-26 November 1993.
Prof. Sow supervised more than 30 PhD theses, and was elected to the Fellowship of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences in 1993.
He holds the following honours and decorations: Officer of the Academic Palms of Senegal, Chevalier de L’Ordre National du Lion of Senegal (1998), Commander of the Order of Merit of Senegal, Commander of the Academic Palms of France and Commander of the Order of Merit of France.