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 360, is currently funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Irish Aid, the Tanoto Foundation, and UNICEF.
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Regional Senior SBC Advisor
Nathalie joined A&T in March 2019. She brings close to two decades of experience in the field of social and behavioral change. Prior to joining A&T, Nathalie worked with UNICEF as a communication for development consultant on the design of a regional exclusive breastfeeding campaign for West and Central Africa, implemented in partnership with A&T, and documentation of workplace breastfeeding SBC activities in Bangladesh and Kenya. Her previous experience includes working on SBC initiatives in a variety of sectors (RMNCH, immunization, TB for example), organizations, (WHO, MSI, and PSI) and on several continents, including Asia, Europe and more recently Africa.
Regional Director, Africa
Sandy has 30 years of experience in nutrition, food security, public health and program management. Prior to joining A&T, she was the Project Director for the FANTA Project. She also worked in Cote d’Ivoire as part of the PSI social marketing team on a USAID-funded Family Health and AIDS project and then with the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (B/PRM) as the Acting Regional Coordinator. She also worked for the US Department of Agriculture on child feeding and nutrition education programs. Sandy has a MS degree from the Tufts’s University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She was a Peace Corps fisheries volunteer in the DRC.
Aita Sarr Cisse
Regional Senior MIYCN Advisor
Aita is a nutritionist with more than fifteen years of experience in coordinating, planning and implementing programs to meet the nutrition and food security needs of vulnerable populations throughout West and Central Africa. She provides both a strong scientific and technical nutrition background and management skills for multisectoral programs. Her research includes breastmilk intake using the deuterium dilution technique as well as the evaluation and assessment of nutrition programs. Prior to joining A&T in 2018, Aita worked as the Health-Nutrition-WASH Manager on the Resilience and Economic Growth In the Sahel-Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) project in Burkina Faso and Niger.
Manisha Tharaney, PhD
West Africa Director
Manisha is a public health professional with 15 years of work experience in Asia and in Africa in technical areas such as nutrition, health systems strengthening, and gender. She started her work in primary health care in India and has continued to work at all levels of the health system, from community to district to national on nutrition and maternal and child health issues. Prior to joining A&T, Manisha worked as the anemia team lead on the Strengthening Partnerships for Nutrition Innovations Globally (SPRING) project.