FHI 360 Alive and Thrive Project (A&T)

Through implementation of the Alive & Thrive (A&T) project, FHI 360 works with families, community groups, health care providers, governments, the private sector, and national and international organizations to improve infant and young child feeding practices. A&T educates policymakers; implements social mobilization and interpersonal and mass communication strategies for better feeding practices; and uses data to plan programming, motivate the community, assess intervention reach, and evaluate impact.

FHI 360 Alive and Thrive Project (A&T)

Alive & Thrive is an initiative to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development through improved breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices. Good nutrition in the first 1,000 days, from conception to two years of age, is critical to enable all children to lead healthier and more productive lives.

In its first five years (2009 to 2014), Alive & Thrive demonstrated that innovative approaches to improving feeding practices could be delivered with impact and at scale in three contexts: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam. Alive & Thrive is now supporting others to scale up nutrition by applying and adapting tested, proven approaches and tools in contexts such as Burkina Faso, India, and Southeast Asia. With its emphasis on learning and innovation, Alive & Thrive is expanding its focus in Bangladesh to maternal nutrition and taking a more multisectoral approach in Ethiopia.

Alive & Thrive is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the governments of Canada and Ireland. Managed by FHI 360, Alive & Thrive builds on lessons learned through its partnership with BRAC, GMMB, IFPRI, Save the Children, UC Davis, and World Vision in the first phase of the initiative.


  • FHI 360

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions.

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: Unknown
    They are focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which they can do the most good.


  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (IRISH AID) - Ireland

    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    Irish Aid is the Irish Government’s programme for overseas development. The programme is managed by the Development Co-operation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade....

  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) - Canada

    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) manages Canada's diplomatic and consular relations, encourages the country's international trade and leads...

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Key Information

LocationBangladesh, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, India, Viet Nam
  • Start Date 2007
  • End Date 2017
  • Sectors