Where We Work
The Alive & Thrive (A&T) initiative currently has a dynamic portfolio of country-specific activities in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria and regional efforts, to replicate effective program and policy approaches, in Southeast Asia and West Africa. A&T partners with governments, United Nations agencies, NGOs, universities, and others to further enhance coverage and sustainability of projects and processes that generate positive maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) social and behavior change.
Alive & Thrive (A&T) 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.
Since 2014, Alive & Thrive (A&T) has partnered with the Burkinabe Ministry of Health to implement its National Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Scale Up Plan. A&T now looks ahead, steering its focus to 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 timely collection of data and generation of learning for both IYCF and maternal nutrition lays the foundation for future A&T initiative work in Burkina Faso and other francophone West African countries.
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.
Since 2015, the Alive & Thrive (A&T) 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.
Alive & Thrive (A&T) 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.
The Alive & Thrive (A&T) regional initiative in Southeast Asia is rooted in advocacy, support, and implementation learning for breastfeeding practices. Fostering breastfeeding-friendly health systems from hospital to home, documenting the financial and social cost of not breastfeeding, and striving to synchronize maternity protection policies and workplace breastfeeding support programs are central to the work of A&T, government and non-government partners in Southeast Asia. Learning and results from earlier investments in Viet Nam, combined with new implementation research and analysis of policy advocacy efforts will continue to build a rich evidence base for the A&T initiative.
The West Africa 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.