Luke N.

United States


I have spent more than twenty years working in a variety of capacities in developing countries as leader in the global health field While my professional assignments have varied, I have remained professionally active in primary health care, infectious diseases, reproductive health, HIV/ AIDS prevention, rural water supply and sanitation. I began my career with the Congolese Ministry of Public Health in 1983 as the Chief Medical Officer of the Kikwit Health District. After achieving my masters’ degree at Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, I worked for Save the Children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Cameroon. In 1996, I joined CARE as Health Sector Coordinator in Cameroon. In addition to his responsibilities in Cameroon, I was nominated Reproductive Health Advisor for CARE country offices in the West Africa Region, including Madagascar and Haiti in 1998. I joined CARE’s headquarters in Atlanta, GA in 1999 as the Director for the CARE-CDC Health Initiative (CCHI). I was responsible for leading, cultivating and sustaining a major strategic long-term partnership between CARE and the CDC on a variety of innovative global health programs. I also worked as Senior Technical Advisor for the HIV/AIDS unit at CARE, which provided technical support to over fifty projects with HIV/AIDS components in twenty countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. I joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in November 2002 as Senior Program Officer for HIV, TB and Reproductive Health in the Global Health program. During my tenure at BMGF, I made major contributions to a broad range of HIV/AIDS initiatives. I helped conceive and design two of the largest BMGF-supported programs: AIDS Initiative in India (Avahan) and the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP) in Botswana. From August 2004 to May 2011, I also served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of ACHAP. I joined the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation in June 2012 as Project Director of 'Strengthening Surveillance of Infectious Diseases in Central Africa (SURVAC) Project. SURVAC's overarching goal was to support integrated surveillance activities and response capacity for vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) and other selected priority diseases. The four main technical components of SURVAC are Surveillance, Laboratory, Training, and Information Technology. In this capacity, I worked closely with the World Health Organization/Africa Region, numerous local and international Research Institutions and Ministries of Health in the Africa Region. SURVAC was a five-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Partners agencies include the CDC Foundation, CDC, WHO (IHR, HQ) and WHO/AFRO. More recently, I also worked as the Director for CDC Foundation operations in West Africa since October 2015. My main role was to assist CDC-Guinea Office and the Ministry of Health (through Ebola National Coordination Office) in Ebola response in Guinea.


  • infectious disease
  • reproductive health
  • hiv/aids
  • architecture / design
  • disaster preparation
  • goal global
  • bill & melinda gates foundation (b&mgf)
  • cameroon
  • guinea
  • mali
  • haiti
  • india
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries

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