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The Alive & Thrive initiative improves the nutrition, health, and development outcomes of women, infants, and children by providing technical assistance to governments and partners; innovating, testing and scaling Maternal, Infant, Young Child and Adolescent Nutrition solutions; and generating and sharing evidence and learning. The initiative currently has a dynamic portfolio of country-specific activities in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria, and a regional program in East Asia Pacific. Alive & Thrive has also worked with government and other partners in Burkina Faso and the West Africa region - specifically, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.


Alive & Thrive has implemented innovative approaches to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) practices in Bangladesh for nearly 10 years. Built on a foundation of curated knowledge and learning from direct implementation activities, A&T now supports the Bangladeshi government in accelerating the delivery of high-quality MIYCN services through technical assistance, policy advocacy, and implementation research. Increasing MIYCN coverage in urban areas and delivering MIYCN interventions to adolescents are new priorities.

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Burkina Faso

Alive & Thrive began working in Burkina Faso in 2014, partnering with the Ministry of Health to implement its National Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Scale Up Plan. From 2017 to 2022, A&T focused on strengthening the capacity of health and community-based systems to provide and sustain the level of nutrition care and support needed by women and their families. The strategic use of data and generation of learning for both IYCF and maternal nutrition in Burkina Faso also informed A&T’s work in other francophone West African countries.

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Alive & Thrive investments in Ethiopia transform previously successful direct implementation efforts that achieved improvements in optimum breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices into an approach that strengthens systems and builds capacity to deliver and monitor quality maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN). In unity with the Government of Ethiopia and other partners, the A&T initiative strives to advocate for favorable MIYCN policies, collect and utilize data to build the evidence base, improve adolescent nutrition, and incorporate nutrition-sensitive activities into the agriculture and livestock sectors.

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Since 2015, the Alive & Thrive initiative has been on the ground in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh supporting the government and other implementation and technical partners in the adoption of best practices in maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN). Through heightened efforts to provide technical assistance that strengthens policies and builds capacity in MIYCN, A&T is engaged in rigorous evidence-generation projects to address knowledge gaps on how to integrate MIYCN best practices within the India health and nutrition systems. Partnering opportunities with medical colleges and professional associations are offering gateways to strengthening MIYCN training programs for health care workers to build their capacity in providing necessary care and support for women and children.

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Alive & Thrive’s work in Madagascar began in 2018 as a partnership with the National Community Nutrition Program Unit (UPNNC) and the Ministry of Public Health (MSANP) in support of the Projet d’Amélioration des Résultats Nutritionnels (PARN). As a technical partner for social and behavior change (SBC), A&T conducted situational analyses and formative research that laid the groundwork for an SBC strategy, jointly designed with national stakeholders and PARN partners. Now PARN is scaling up interventions from the SBC strategy in eight regions.

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Alive & Thrive is engaged with the Government of Nigeria, UNICEF and national NGOs in implementing infant and young child feeding (IYCF) interventions in metropolitan and suburban Lagos State and rural and urban Kaduna State. Through capture and review of implementation learning, advocacy for strengthened policies, utilization of national platforms and the institution of strategically selected partnerships, A&T strives to scale-up optimum IYCF support and services to the national level. The overarching framework for A&T’s strategy in Nigeria is its National Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Strategy for IYCF, launched in 2017.

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East Asia Pacific

In East Asia Pacific (EAP), A&T provides strategic technical assistance to governments and a network of local partners with focus on eight countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam) to facilitate policy and system reforms aimed at increasing investment and creating an enabling environment for MIYCN. With funding from the Government of Ireland, A&T is strengthening MIYCN service delivery with a focus on equity to reach the most vulnerable in Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam. A&T is utilizing global evidence to inform the Government of Papua New Guinea’s social and behavior change strategy under a national multi-sectoral stunting reduction program. As an endorsed technical assistance provider to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Health Cluster, A&T supports the development of regional standards and collaborates with member states to improve the quality and coverage of MIYCN policies and programs throughout the region.

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West Africa

From 2017 to 2022, Alive & Thrive’s regional West Africa platform worked closely with UNICEF, WHO, government ministries of health and other organizations to enhance maternal, infant and young child nutrition in francophone West and Central Africa building on Alive & Thrive’s model and lessons learned in Southeast Asia and Burkina Faso. Alive & Thrive served as a key provider of technical and strategic guidance to expand policy advocacy, build capacity, and promote use of data to improve nutrition and health outcomes for women and their families. At a regional level, Alive & Thrive supported the regional “Stronger With Breastmilk Only” initiative to increase rates of exclusive breastfeeding and the development of an innovative blended learning program to build capacity of nutrition officers in utilizing social behavior change in nutrition programs.

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