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Dr. Nduka

Chief of Party, Vectorlink, Zambia

Nduka Iwuchukwu is a Medical Doctor with more than 30 years of experience in clinical care, public health, safety, environment, and innovation management. He has provided technical assistance to National Malaria Control Programs in Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Guatemala. He has developed several innovations in malaria vector control including indoor residual spraying (IRS) supervision and monitoring tools, field operational protocols, and novel designs for implementing community-based IRS operations.

Iwuchukwu is currently the chief of party of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) VectorLink Project in Zambia, which implements IRS and entomological monitoring and supports the distribution of insecticide-treated bednets. He supervises six senior management staff and leads a field workforce of 21,000 people. They are responsible for protecting about three million persons from malaria annually in Zambia. Under his leadership, between 2018 and 2021, the project’s annual spray coverage improved from 90 percent to 97 percent and the proportion of female IRS staff increased from 28 percent to 45 percent. The team strengthened sustainable local capacity in entomologic monitoring by ensuring equipment, training, and mentorship were accessible to community-level participants.

Iwuchukwu previously served as the chief of party for the PMI Africa Indoors Residual Spraying (AIRS) projects in Tanzania and Nigeria. He also worked as an AIRS regional operations advisor and operations manager, providing subject matter expertise on IRS planning and implementation.

Prior to joining Abt, Iwuchukwu was executive director for Environment and Health Nigeria Ltd., which implemented turn-key health and environment projects for governments and private sector clients such as the Wildlife Hazards Assessment of the four major international airports in Nigeria (Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt). The assessment report led to the successful certification of the four airports by the International Civil Aviation Organization.


  • Leadership
  • Capacity Strengthening
  • Innovation Management

Key Projects:

  • PMI VectorLink Project
  • PMI AIRS Projects


  • Yukich, J., Digre, P., Boydens, L., Obi, E., Moran, N., Belemvire, A., Chamorro, M., John, B., Malm, K., Kolyada, L., Williams, I., Asiedu, S., Fomba, S., Mihigo, J., Boko, D., Candrinho, B., Muthoni, R., Opigo, J., Maiteki-Sebuguzi, C., Rutazaana, D., Shililu, J., Muhanguzi, A., Belay, K., Kisubi, J., Annet Atuhairwe, J., Musonda, P., Iwuchukwu, N., Ngosa, J., Chizema, E., Zulu, R., Kooma, E., Miller, J., Bennett, A., Arnett, K., Tynuv, K., Gogue, C., Wagman, J., Richardson, J., Slutsker, L. & Robertson, M.  (2022). Incremental cost and cost-effectiveness of the addition of indoor residual spraying with pirimiphos-methyl in sub-Saharan Africa versus standard malaria control: results of data collection and analysis in the Next Generation Indoor Residual Sprays (NgenIRS) project, an economic-evaluation. Malaria Journal 21:185
  • Kooma E., Masaninga F., Lungu C., Kafula S., Zinyengere D., Sande S., Chirwa B., Iwuchukwu N., Sikombe C., Lwando E., Zulu R. (2021). Indoor Residual Spraying Community-Based Delivery Model and Community Empowerment for Malaria Elimination. Lessons Learnt, Best Practices and Approach Methods in Zambia.. SunText Review of Medical & Clinical Research 2:1. 125
  • Kakilla, C., Manjurano, A., Nelwin, K., Martin, J., Mashauri, F., Kinung’hi, S.,  Lyimo, E., Mangalu, D., Bernard, L., Iwuchukwu, N., Mwalimu, D., Serbantez, N., Greer, G.,  George, K., Oxborough, R., and Magesa, S. (2020). Malaria Vector Species Composition and Entomological Indices following Indoor Residual Spraying in Regions Bordering Lake Victoria, Tanzania.Malaria Journal 19:383.
  • Bayoh, M., Iwuchukwu, N., Ngwira, R., Ngulube, W., Belemvire, A., Psychas, P., Impoinvil, D., Johns, B., Ambrose, K., and Seyoum, A.  (2021). Evaluating The Entomological Impact of the 2019 PMI-Supported IRS Campaign In Zambia On Malaria Transmission Parameters. Abstract presented at the meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
  •  Mwansa, P., Bayoh, M., Mumba, P., Iwuchukwu, N., Zulu, R., George, K., Belemvire, A., Donner, A., Tammaro, M., de Gier, N., Ambrose, K. (2019). Assessment of the Effect of Increased Women’s Participation on IRS Operations in Zambia Abstract presented at the 5th Malaria Research Conference, Pretoria, South Africa

Countries Served In:

  • Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia
Dr. Nduka Iwuchukwu