Strengthening systems for improved maternal, infant, and young child nutrition

Alive & Thrive (A&T) strives to create an enabling environment for building and supporting knowledge and capacity for excellence and innovation in social behavior change, policy advocacy, delivery of quality maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) services, and the strategic use of data. Powered by knowledge and results, A&T aims for the thoughtful and sustainable scale-up of policies and programs that improve MIYCN, while fostering learning for generations to come.

Our Focus

A&T emphasizes optimal breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices for infants and children from birth to two years of age, and adequate nourishment and care for pregnant women. New efforts on early newborn care and adolescent nutrition support existing MIYCN programming, while heightened emphasis on nutrition-sensitive practices further enrich existing A&T multisectoral strategies to reach women, children, and their communities.

A&T continually creates knowledge products on MIYCN. Examples include:

  • an in-depth maternal nutrition implementation manual for practitioners;
  • a series of cross-cutting briefs on the cost of not breastfeeding for advocacy champions; and
  • compelling multimedia on the benefits of optimum nutrition practices for parents and caregivers of infants.

Our Results

A&T published in The Lancet

In Burkina Faso, the A&T initiative combined interpersonal communication and community mobilization activities with the aim of improving knowledge, beliefs, skills, and, ultimately, breastfeeding outcomes. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine published the results of an impact evaluation on the A&T intervention in The Lancet Global Health.

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