Alive & Thrive Burkina Faso 2017-2022
A&T’s work in Burkina Faso began as a partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to implement the National Scale Up Plan for Infant and Young Child Feeding (2013-2025). In the Boucle du Mouhoun region, A&T specifically focused on improving breastfeeding counseling and support offered at primary health centers, and complemented this with community mobilization activities. A&T’s first three years led to notable improvements in the early initiation of breastfeeding and widespread motivation among mothers to breastfeed exclusively. From 2017–2022, A&T is expanding beyond breastfeeding to include maternal nutrition and complementary feeding in support of the full continuum of the first 1,000 days—the critical nutritional period spanning from conception to two years of age.