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. Alive & Thrive is managed by FHI 360 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors.
Aboubacry Thiam, MD, MPH-Ms MCH
With over 30 years of experience in public health, Aboubacry has held positions at all level of the public health hierarchy in Senegal, from the district to the central levels. He has worked extensively on diarrheal, EPI, nutrition, child health, maternal health, family planning, and primary health care programs in Senegal. His previous experience includes work with The World Bank, USAID, and UNFPA. Prior to joining A&T he was the HKI Senegal Country Director, coordinating HKI work in Senegal in preventing malnutrition among children under five.
Siga joined A&T in September 2018. As a medical doctor and public health specialist, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the West Africa office. Prior to joining A&T, she worked as the Technical Advisor and Technical Support to the Mother and Child Health Directorate (MCHD) in Senegal. She previously served as the Coordinator of the PROGRESS Project in the Senegal Research program to strengthen services funded by USAID and implemented by FHI360.
Amadou Mouctar Balde
Finance and Operations Officer
Amadou brings 15 years of experience in the fields of accounting (operations), finance (financial reporting tools, budgeting, budget monitoring, bank reconciliation, financial analysis, tax, and social statements), logistics (workshops / seminars, airline tickets booking, vehicles, hotel arrangements), and human resources (management payroll, retirement and related services). He has worked as an accounting and finance officer with a range of government and non-government entities including the USAID, SOCOPAO, CLUSA, Millennium Villages Promises, Brooke West Africa and FHI 360.