Alive & Thrive (A&T) is a global nutrition initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth of mothers and children. From 2009­­–2014, A&T demonstrated that rapid improvements in infant and young child feeding (IYCF) are possible in settings as diverse as Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Viet Nam. In 2014, A&T began working in Burkina Faso, India, Nigeria, and throughout the Southeast Asia region, expanding its scope to include maternal and adolescent nutrition, and using agriculture and social protection programs as delivery mechanisms for maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN). Currently, A&T is leveraging its robust network and knowledge base to strengthen systems and build capacity in these and other countries across Africa and Asia, and disseminate innovations, tools, and lessons worldwide.

The Alive & Thrive initiative, managed by FHI Solutions, is currently funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Irish Aid, the Tanoto Foundation, UNICEF, and the World Bank.

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

Nigeria
Auwalu Kalu
Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Advisor
Auwalu Kawu has proven expertise in Communications for Behavioural Impact (COMBI) who has taught and implemented behavior change communication programs for over 20 years. Auwalu guides the SBCC portfolio for A&T in Nigeria. Prior to joining the Alive & Thrive team, he had supported SBCC programs with organizations, including FHI360 through the GHAIN and SIDHAS programs, Conseil Santé, Pathfinder International, Johns Snow Inc., the World Health Organization, and John Hopkins. Auwalu holds Masters’ and PhD degrees in Sociology and Public Health, with diverse experience areas including maternal and child health, infectious disease, governance, and literacy. He is also an expert in media relations.
Nigeria
Victor Ogbodo, MSc
Program Director
Victor has over 24 years of experience in the design, implementation, and management of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs in Nigeria. Prior to joining A&T, he worked with FHI 360 as the Senior Communication Advisor for the Liberia Teacher Training program, and as Chief of Party for C-Change Nigeria. At C-Change, Victor led the process of institutionalizing SBCC at the post graduate level in three Nigerian universities. His other achievements include helping to design and implementation of the SBCC component of the Niger Delta AIDS Response (NiDAR Plus) project and an award-winning drama series for a World Bank funded project in Enugu and Ebonyi States, Nigeria.
Nigeria
Zonal Coordinator
Stephanie Dada is a certified program management development professional with more than 16 years of experience. She has expertise managing complex, international donor-funded projects, bringing extensive experience in program, project, and portfolio management. Her diverse background includes health financing and public health systems strengthening. Prior to joining the Alive & Thrive team, Stephanie worked as Associate Director, Program Management, on the USAID funded Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) Project. Stephanie Dada is an Alumni of Walden University, USA, where she obtained an MSc in Public Administration. She also has a BSc in Business Administration and an MA in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance.
Nigeria
Lucy
Associate Director, Finance & Operations
Lucy is a professional accountant and tax practitioner, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, an associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, and a member of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria. Lucy Holds a B.Sc. in Accounting, an MBA, and a master’s in international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Her 15 years of experience have focused on financial and program management of INGOs. Prior to Joining FHI360 Alive & Thrive, she worked for Helen Keller International and Mercy Corps.
Nigeria
Toyin Adewale-Gabriel
Toyin Adewale-Gabriel, MA
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Toyin is an award winning creative writer with over 15 years of experience working on advocacy, communications, public outreach, and citizen participation in the Health and Democratic Governance sectors. Prior to joining A&T, Toyin served as the media expert for the UNDP Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project, a large multi-donor project where she led capacity development initiatives and advocacy for peaceful elections with Nigerian government institutions, media unions as well as civil society. She has also previously worked for the Ford Foundation in West Africa, the Centre for Development and Population Activities and United Nations Office for Project Services.
Nigeria
Auwal Kawu
Auwal Kawu
Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Advisor
Auwal guides the SBCC portfolio for A&T in Nigeria. He originally joined FHI 360 in 2009 as the senior SBCC advisor for the USAID-funded Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria (GHAIN). Prior to joining FHI 360, he implemented behavior change communications programs for several development partners including Johns Hopkins University, John Snow, Inc. and the World Health Organization. Auwal has also taught sociology and development studies in Nigeria.
Nigeria
Patience Kwada
Patience Kwada, MBA
Procurement and Contract Manager
Patience has over 12 years of experience working on grant management, finance, procurement, administration and programming. Prior to joining A&T, she worked as the Grants, Contracts, and Compliance Manger with Search for Common ground, and as the Acting Director of a local NGO, the League for Human Rights.
Nigeria
Sarah Didi Kwasu
State Team Lead - Kaduna State
Sarah is a project management professional with over 17 years’ experience. Her diverse background focuses on capacity-building on health, nutrition and economic sustainability. Her expertise includes stakeholder engagement, community mobilization, child safeguarding, livelihoods strengthening, peacebuilding, gender-based programming, and theatre for development. Prior to joining A&T, she worked on a DFID-funded program, Voices for Change, as Kaduna State Coordinator. She has also worked the Links for Children project, funded by USAID and Save the Children. Sarah has also consulted for several government agencies and multilateral organizations in research, program development, data collection and capacity building. Sarah holds master’s degree in Development Studies.
Nigeria
Duke Lawrence Ogkobor
Technical Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation
Duke is an experienced health informatician with 16 years diverse technical and cognate experience. Prior to joining A&T, he worked with UNDP and the UNOPS, where he was responsible for management of water resource activities. He has also worked with the USAID, working on quality improvement and information systems for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis programs. Duke holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science, specializing in relational databases as applied to health data.
Nigeria
Uche Ralph-Opara, MS, MSc
State Team Lead – Lagos State
Uche is a Medical Doctor and Public Health Specialist with over fifteen years of diversified medical expertise, spanning from clinical practice and health services management to the design, implement, and management of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, MNCH, and Nutrition programs. Prior to joining A&T, she managed programs funded by USAID, the Global Fund, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, gaining experience partnering with donors, NGOs and private sector institutions to strengthen health systems in Nigeria at all levels. She holds an MBBS from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.