West Africa

The West Africa Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional platform is the Alive & Thrive (A&T) initiative’s newest effort. Building on the model and lessons learned in both the Southeast Asia regional program and the Burkina Faso country program, A&T will expand policy advocacy, build capacity, and promote use of data in collaboration with UNICEF and other agencies to enhance maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) in francophone West Africa. By engaging in dialogue and offering technical assistance to partners who are already immersed in strengthening capacity and community programming to support MIYCN, A&T can serve as a key provider of technical and strategic guidance to government and non-government partners working to improve nutrition and health outcomes for women and their families.

Manisha Tharaney
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.

Nathalie Likhite
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.

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.

Francis Koffi
Procurement Officer

Francis has over fifteen years of experience in Procurement. A native of Cote d'Ivoire, he brings extensive experience in international organizations to his role as procurement officer,  including work at International Rescue Committee, United Nations Operations in COTE D’IVOIRE- UNOCI,  and the International Organization for Migrants- IOM.