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Gning Cisse

Chief of Party, PMI Vectorlink Project, Cote d'Ivoire

Dr. Ndombour Gning Cisse is a biologist and scientist with more than 15 years of experience in public health and environmental health management. She serves as Chief of Party for the Cote d’Ivoire PMI Vectorlink project. In that role, she is the project’s key liaison to the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Advisor in the US Agency for international Development Cote d’Ivoire Mission, the Ministry of Health, the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), and other key stakeholders. She has experience in all aspects of insecticide spraying operations, including planning, training, supervision, human resources talent management, leadership development, and strategic planning. Her global experience includes project implementation and capacity development assignments for NMCPs and MOHs. In Senegal, Gning Cisse initiated and implemented a cost-effective, community-based indoor residual spraying (IRS) project, which has the potential approach to be sustainable and affordable.

Gning Cisse supports Cote d’Ivoire’s NMCP in the coordination, strategic deployment, implementation, and sustainability of vector-control strategies, including IRS and the distribution of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). The goal is to reduce the malaria burden and mitigate the development of insecticide resistance. She recruited and now supervises more than 20 full-time employees. She led the first large-scale IRS campaign in Cote d’Ivoire.  She promoted the use of the project’s entomological data to guide decisions on the 2021 mass ITN campaign by introducing new products based on data such as IG2 (Interceptor G2), and piperonyl butoxide (PBO) nets. They help protect the population and manage insecticide resistance.

Gning Cisse joined Abt in 2011 as country spray coordinator and was promoted to operation manager, serving in that role from 2014 to 2017. Before coming to Abt, she worked as an environmental compliance officer at Research Triangle International on its USAID/PMI IRS malaria programs. At RTI, she provided technical assistance to the project, writing training, tools, and guides for the project. Earlier in her career, she performed scientific assessments of various documents for JOUVE Senegal SA.


  • Biology and public health
  • Project management
  • Environmental health and safety management
  • USAID environmental compliance design and management in project implementation
  • Building and development project

Key Projects:

  • Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), USAID
  • Estuarine resources use by animal juvenile, EGIDE/Cooperation


  • Gning N., Le Loc’h F., Thiaw O.T., Aliaume C., Vidy G. 2010. Estuarine resources use by animal juvenile Flagfin mojarra (Eucinostomus melanopterus) in an inverse tropical estuary (Sine Saloum, Senegal) Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 1-9.
  • Gning N. Vidy Guy, Thiaw O. T. 2008: Feeding ecology and ontogenic diet shifts of juvenile species in an inverse estuary: The Sine-Saloum, Senegal. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 76; 1-9.
  • Gning N. Vidy G. 2006. Environmental International conference, Campeche, 26-29 juin 2006. Mexique. The relation between mangrove and the animal species diet in a West-African estuary (Sine-Saloum).
  • Kouassi BL, Edi C, Tia E, Konan LY, Akré MA., Koffi AA, Ouattara AF, Tanoh AM, Zinzindohoue P, Kouadio B, McKenzie A, Irish SR, Armistead J, Dengela D, Gning-Cisse N, Flatley C & Chabi J. Malaria Journal volume 19, Article number: 454 (2020). Susceptibility of Anopheles gambiae from Côte d’Ivoire to insecticides used on insecticide-treated nets: evaluating the additional entomological impact of piperonyl butoxide and chlorfenapyr Malar J (2020) 19:454
  • Bernard L. Kouassi, Constant Edi, Allassane F. Ouattara, Constant G. Gbalegba, Emmanuel Tia, Lucien Y. Konan, Maurice A. Akré Alphonsine A. Koffi, Antoine Tanoh Mea, Pascal Zinzindohoue, Blaise Kouadio, Seth R. Irish, Gning-Cisse Ndombour, Cecilia Flatley, Joseph Chabi. Entomological monitoring data driving decision making for appropriate and sustainable malaria vector control in Côte d’Ivoire

Countries Served In:

  • Senegal, Bukina Faso, Cote D’ivoire
Ndombour Gning Cisse