Alive & Thrive (A&T) 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.
Abdulaziz is a public health and nutrition professional with 20 years of experience working with the Ethiopian health care system. He is a medical doctor by training but has worked at several international NGOs. Prior to joining A&T, Abdulaziz worked as the Chief of Party for the INSPIRE project at Save the Children, a $30 million multisectoral nutrition project that aims to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition. Abdulaziz also served as the Project Director for the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III (FANTA III) project implemented by FHI 360. He has extensive experience providing technical assistance at national and regional levels and has contributed to several national guidelines, policy documents and training guides in the areas of nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and child health.
Tigabu is a public health expert with more than 17 years of experience, working in both government and NGOs. Prior to joining A&T he worked as the prevention of mother-to-child transmission regional advisor in Amhara with JSI/AIDSTAR-One Ethiopia. He has also served as a water, sanitation, and hygiene officer in Gamebela for a South Sudanese refugees’ emergency program with Lutheran World Federation (LWF).
Amare holds a master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Wolaita Soddo University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Gondar College of Medical Science. He has been providing advisory services to project woredas, zones and regional stakeholders, strengthening coordination, integration and networking among stakeholders. He was a seconded Global Sanitation Fund consultant at SNNPR Regional Health Bureau for the Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (MIYCN-NSA) Project. He worked for SNV Ethiopia in the capacity as WASH Advisor for the “NUWI II Project” and project coordinator for the UNICEF and SNV College capacity building project. He previously served as Alive & Thrive's Regional Coordinator for SNNPR/ Hawassa.
Dr. Mulugeta holds both a PhD and master’s degree in Food Science. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as a food, nutrition and postharvest researcher for the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). He was part of an award-winning team for common bean technology generation and promotion as well as best maize technology development and dissemination. Mulugeta serves as A&T’s Senior Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Advisor, and works within the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
Tamirrat has over 10 years of experience in the areas of health and nutrition. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as a social and behavior change specialist with the International Medical Corps for USAID’s Livestock Market Development project. He has also worked as an IYCF coordinator with World Vision Ethiopia.