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Chief of Party, PMI VectorLink Project, Burkino Faso

Dr. Adama Kone is a public health physician with more than 39 years of experience in public health in developing countries, including 35 years implementing USAID-funded child health projects in Africa. He managed indoor residual spray (IRS) programs in Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Rwanda in collaboration with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/President’s Malaria Initiative, Ministry of Health (MOH)/National Malaria Control Program, and other partners. Kone served as senior program manager for child survival, malaria, reproductive health, and water and sanitation components for the Action for West Africa Region Reproductive Health (AWARE-RH) project. In that role, he participated in strategic planning and led technical teams at the regional and country levels. He engaged ministries, USAID missions, donors, and regional organizations on technical and policy issues around Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (BASICS) project technical and program matters.

Kone established and manages Abt Associate’s new country office in Burkina Faso, which implements the $4.45 million USAID-funded IRS project. He provides technical assistance to the MOH to ensure quality IRS implementation.

Kone leads the recruitment and training of more than 1,800 seasonal workers annually and nine technical and operations specialists for IRS implementation, which prevents about 586,000 people a year from getting malaria. He also leads project activities to strengthen MOH capacity in IRS implementation planning, training, and supervision.

Kone managed the Senegal IRS country office, which had an annual budget of more than $5 million and sprayed up to six districts. He also led the Rwanda country office’s $6 million annual IRS implementation in up to seven districts.

Kone identified, compiled, documented, and disseminated child survival and infectious disease (malaria) best practices throughout the region. The documented best practice in Gambia for malaria prevention in schools was replicated in Sierra Leone. His 10 years as West and Central Regional Director involved BASICS project technical and program issues; child survival, including integrated management of childhood illnesses; an expanded program of immunization; nutrition; and behavior change communication. 

As director of the Primary Health Care Technologies (PRITECH) project, Kone provided technical assistance and financial input for the development, implementation, and evaluation of National Control of Diarrheal Diseases Programs in seven countries. He engaged in applied research activities. Kone also served as deputy director of a World Bank health project and as deputy director of the National Research Institute on Traditional Medicine and Pharmacopeia.


  • Indoor Residual Spray program management
  • Malaria program management
  • Maternal and child health program management
  • Training, supervision in malaria, child and maternal health, and nutrition
  • English, French, and local language bamanan


  • PMI VectorLink project
  • Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), USAID
  • AWARE -RH project: Action for West Africa Region – Reproductive Health (USAID), Accra, Ghana
  • Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival (CASICS project), West and Central Africa Regional Office, USAID, Dakar, Senegal
  • PRITECH diarrhea disease control regional project, USAID
  • Health Development project, World Bank, Mali


  • Evidence supporting deployment of next generation insecticide treated nets in Burkina Faso: bioassays with either chlorfenapyr or piperonyl butoxide increase mortality of pyrethroid‑resistant Anopheles gambiae, co-author
  • From the Region to the Community: Spreading Community Approaches in Child Survival through Regional Best Practices in AWARE-RH.  Paper presented at Union of African Population Studies, Arusha, Tanzania, December 10-14, 2007
  • Household Surveys on Diarrhea Case Management, Morbidity, and mortality, 1988, 1989 and 1990 
  • Using Traditional Healers as Public Health Officers, Case of Mali, communication at International Seminar on Traditional Medicine in Zaire, August 1979
  • Contribution of Traditional Medicine in Improving Health Services Delivery in Mali, Doctorate thesis, 1976


Senegal, Mali, Niger, Guinea Conakry, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Tchad, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo, Cameroon, Rwanda, Haiti

Dr. Adama Kone