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Alain K. Koffi, MD

  • Assistant Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8610
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, 2009
MD, University of Cocody, 2002


Through his professional experience and educational background work, Dr. Alain Koffi has gained an excellent grounding of cross-cutting methodological approach in implementing household surveys in developing countries. Currently, he is working closely with the brightest minds in the field of child health epidemiology  to provide improved global estimates of the causes and determinants of maternal, neonatal (0-27 days old) and child (1-59 months old) morbidity and mortality. This involve  two activities involve gathering new verbal autopsy (VA) and social autopsy (SA) data to directly measure neonatal and child mortality and its determinants in high priority countries.

Honors and Awards

  • 2010-2011       Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 2004-2009       Scholarship: Japanese Government for PhD Studies at Tokyo Medical and Dental University
  • 2004                Extraordinary efforts in response to the public health emergencies affecting Liberian refugees destined for the USA by Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 2002                Research Grant Award: France Embassy in Côte d'Ivoire
  • Social Autopsy
  • Verbal Autopsy
  • Neonatal deaths
  • Child deaths
  • Pathway-to-Survival
  • Continuum of care
  • Maternal and child health

    1. Munos MK, Koffi AK, Sangho H, Traoré MG, Diakité M, Silva R, et al. (2015). Strengthening Community Networks For Vital Event Reporting: Community Volunteer Reporting Of Vital Events In Rural Mali.  PLoS ONE 10(11): e0132164. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132164.

    2. Koffi AK, Mlme T, Nsona H, Banda B, Amouzou A, Kalter HD. Social autopsy of neonatal mortality suggests needed improvements in maternal and neonatal interventions in Balaka and Salima districts of Malawi. J Glob Health. 2015 Jun;5(1):010416. doi: 10.7189/jogh.05.010416.

    3. Koffi AK, Libite PR, Moluh S, Wounang R, Kalter HD. Social autopsy study identifies determinants of neonatal mortality in Doume, Nguelemendouka and Abong–Mbang health districts, Eastern Region of Cameroon. J Glob Health. 2015 Jun;5(1):010413. doi: 10.7189/jogh.05.010413.

    4. Kalter HD, Roubanatou AM, Koffi A, Black RE. Direct estimates of national neonatal and child cause–specific mortality proportions in Niger by expert algorithm and physician–coded analysis of verbal autopsy interviews. JOGH 2015; 5: 010415.

    5. Bensaid K, Yaroh AG, Kalter HD, Koffi AK, Amouzou A, Maina A, et al. Verbal/Social Autopsy – Niger 2012–13: A new tool for a better understanding of the neonatal and child mortality situation. (In Press) J Glob Health. 2016; 6:010601.

  • A Verbal/Social Autopsy (VASA) project to Improve Estimates of the Causes and Determinants of Neonatal and Child Mortality