Alive & Thrive (A&T) is an initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development through the promotion and support of optimal maternal nutrition, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding practices. Since 2009, A&T has demonstrated that innovative approaches to improving maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) practices can be delivered at impact and scale.

A&T has evolved from at-scale implementation work in three countries, to providing a robust and evidence-rich package of technical assistance in five countries and two regions. A network of local and national partners lends further voice and credence to the A&T initiative. Efforts to strengthen systems, empower policy advocates, and promote the strategic use of data provide the foundation for A&T to promote sustainable, evidence based strategies for MIYCN.

See What We Do and How We Work for more information.

Alive & Thrive is managed by FHI 360 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors.

Burkina Faso
Maurice Gerald Zafimanjaka, MBA, MPH, MSc
Program Director
Gerald is a native of Madagascar, where he began his career working on various HIV/AIDS and nutrition programs. Gerald brings to A&T over 20 years of experience, including work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and West Africa. Prior to joining A&T, Gerald was the Chief of Party for a USAID/Food For Peace program in Burundi. Gerald has also served as Chief of Party for a nutrition and hygiene project in Mali, and as the Health and Nutrition Director for a program in Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso
Benjamin Sanou
Contracts Manager
Benjamin has over eight years of experience in procurement and contract management. Before joining A&T, Benjamin worked with Plan International and Save the Children in Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso
Ramatou Sawadogo, MD, MPH
Advocacy and Policy Advisor
Ramatou has more than thirteen years of experience working in Burkina Faso's health system. As the former National Director of Family Health in the Ministry of Health, Ramatou gained extensive experience in maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. Ramatou is now putting her skills to use as A&T's advocacy and policy advisor for maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition.
Burkina Faso
Nanmwin-None Some, MBA
Administrative Associate
Nanmwin has worked in both the public sector for the Ministry of Higher Education, and the private sector. Before joining A&T, she worked on FHI 360’s WASHPLUS project as Program Assistant.