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.

Southeast Asia
roger mathisen
Roger Mathisen, MSc, RD
Regional Director
Roger is an international nutritionist with two decades of experience working in non-governmental organizations, the UN, academic institutions, and the private sector. At A&T, he provides program and technical leadership, management, and coordination of A&T activities across Southeast Asia. Before joining A&T, Roger worked as a nutrition specialist for UNICEF in Malawi and Viet Nam. Roger is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Amy Weissman
Amy Weissman, DrPH
Deputy Regional Director, FHI 360 Asia Pacific Regional Office
Amy has more than 20 years of experience applying global evidence, and designing, implementing and evaluating public health policies and programs in the areas of maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition; HIV/AIDS; and sexual and reproductive health. Amy is the Deputy Regional Director for the FHI 360 Asia Pacific Regional Office, and works with A&T in the region to support strategic communications, research, and documentation. Amy is based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Southeast Asia
Do Thi Phuong Dung
Regional Associate Director, Finance
Dung provides the overall financial, operational, and administrative guidance and management to ensure smooth operations of the regional office. Dung has been responsible for finance and administration management of programs in Viet Nam since 2009 and Southeast Asia since 2014. Prior to joining A&T, Dung worked for SMARTWork Viet Nam, a project focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention in the workplace, funded by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and USAID. She is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Phan Thi Hong Linh, MBA
Regional Associate Director, Technical
Linh leads the effective and coherent program planning, provides technical guidance and supervises implementation of Southeast Asia regional projects. Linh has two decades of experience in legal consultation, policy advocacy and project management. She coordinates the development and execution of A&T’s workplans across Southeast Asia. From 2010 – 2014, Linh was a member of the A&T advocacy team that were part of the multi-stakeholder alliance contributing to significant policy wins for maternal and child health and nutrition in Viet Nam, including six months paid maternity leave and a stronger national code on marketing of breastmilk substitutes. Linh is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Nguyen Hong Long
Regional Finance and Administrative Associate
Long has worked in finance and administration for international companies and NGOs for more than five years. At A&T, Long provides finance, administrative, operational and logistic support to the Southeast Asia team. He is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Nguyen Thi Mien
Nguyen Thi Mien
Regional Procurement Officer
Mien coordinates contracts and procurement. She has been with A&T since 2010 and provided a range of support to the Initiative, including administration and translation, finance and operations, and program implementation and documentation. Prior to joining A&T, Mien briefly worked for the Hanoi International SOS Clinic. She is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Paul Zambrano
Paul Zambrano, MD, MSc
Regional Technical Advisor
Paul is a medical doctor and public health nutrition specialist with a decade of experience in maternal and child nutrition, humanitarian coordination, and management of acute malnutrition. At A&T, Paul provides technical support to strengthen the policy environment and breastfeeding-friendly health systems, and social behavior change strategies in ASEAN, as well as manages the global e-learning project. Before joining A&T, Paul worked with UNICEF Philippines and Myanmar, Save the Children, and WHO. Paul is based in Quezon City, Philippines.
Southeast Asia
Chan Myae Aung
Technical Specialist
Chan Myae is a medical doctor with over ten years of experience in public health and development in Myanmar, primarily focusing on maternal and child health. At A&T, he provides technical support on policy advocacy, behavior change communications and breastfeeding-friendly health systems in Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries. He hopes to establish Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding in Myanmar. Chan Myae is based in Yangon, Myanmar.
Southeast Asia
Ta Thi Thanh Binh
Program Officer - Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation
Ta Thi Thanh Binh provides technical support for program activities in Viet Nam and supports Measurement, Learning & Evaluation efforts for a number of Southeast Asian countries. In Viet Nam, Binh contributes to workplan management and implementation for the Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding and Human Milk Bank initiatives. Prior to A&T, Binh worked in public health and clinical research for three years, with numerous studies published in reputable medical journals. Binh is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Jennifer Cashin, MPH
Regional Technical Specialist
Jennifer is a public health nutritionist and certified lactation counselor with a decade of experience supporting nutrition, food security, public health and development projects in Myanmar and Cambodia. At A&T, Jennifer focuses on strengthening the policy environment and breastfeeding-friendly health systems in Myanmar while also providing technical support to other countries in ASEAN. Her areas of expertise include research, curriculum development, and capacity building. Jennifer is based in Yangon, Myanmar.
Southeast Asia
Sedtha Chin
Technical Specialist - Health System Strengthening
Sedtha develops and executes program work plans toward promoting a breastfeeding-friendly health system and establishing Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding in Cambodia. Before joining A&T, Sedtha worked for more than three decades with governmental institutions, Unicef and international NGOs on maternal and child health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Prior to that, she was a nurse midwife, equipping her with a strong understanding of early essential newborn care and breastfeeding counseling and support. She is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Southeast Asia
Janice Datu-Sanguyo
Technical Consultant, Advocacy and Partnership, Philippines
Based in Manila, Janice provides technical assistance and work with government partners and various stakeholders in the Philippines to promote maternity protection and infant and young child nutrition. Janice has a decade of experience in policy development and advocacy, and project management. Before joining A&T, she worked with UNICEF Philippines as a consultant, and as a Project Officer for ILO Philippines.
Southeast Asia
Vu Hoang Duong
Vu Hoang Duong
Technical Specialist
Duong has a decade of experience in policy advocacy on health financing, equitable domestic resources mobilization in health sectors, partnership building and project management. At A&T, Duong supports the development and execution of workplans for policy advocacy, strategic communications and breastfeeding-friendly health systems in Viet Nam. Before joining A&T, Duong worked with Oxfam as the Governance Program Officer. She is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Global,Southeast Asia
Kristina Granger
Kristina Granger, MPH
Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Advisor
Kristina has proven expertise in designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior-centered interventions to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition globally. She has worked across sectors to integrate nutrition SBC within WASH, agriculture, early childhood development, and reproductive health programs. Her diverse background includes marketing and communications, project management, human resources, partnership building, and infant and young child nutrition. Prior to joining A&T, Kristina supported the USAID-funded SPRING Project where she managed a diverse portfolio of global SBC research and learning, capacity building, and country-level SBC activities.
Southeast Asia
Nguyen Thi Dieu Linh
Regional Program Officer – Knowledge Management
Linh provides technical and coordination support for knowledge management and corporate communications for A&T’s projects in Southeast Asia. Linh supports regional documentation and communication activities and execution of the workplan to improve infant and young child feeding in Viet Nam, particularly the establishment of “Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding.” Linh brings five years of progressive working experience in the development sector to the team with a wide range of exposure to program management and implementation. Before joining A&T, Linh worked as a Program Support/Admin Officer for Oxfam. She is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Nguyen Thanh Tuan
Nguyen Thanh Tuan, MD, MSc, PhD
Regional Technical Specialist, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation
Tuan provides strategic technical leadership for monitoring, learning, and evaluation activities. He has more than 20 years of experience in conducting and supporting studies in 20 countries around the world. His research areas include maternal and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, health disparities, nutrition policies, health system strengthening, food system, economics, and gender. He is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Southeast Asia
Putu Widhiantara
Social and Behavior Change Communication Consultant, Indonesia
Putu has two decades of experience throughout Indonesia, with strong capacity in designing, managing, monitoring, and evaluating public and private sector programs including public health and development projects. He coordinates A&T’s ongoing technical assistance to the stunting reduction campaign of the Government of Indonesia and serves as country focal point for A&T’s policy advocacy support to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding and complementary feeding. Putu is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.