Alive and Thrive

nourish, nurture, grow

Alive & Thrive (A&T) is dedicated to improving the health of children and the future of families and communities by improving infant and young child nutrition. Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam have large populations of undernourished children. Their different cultural and economic environments provide rich settings for learning how to improve infant and young child feeding (IYCF). A&T will share learnings from the three focus countries to inform policies and practices around the world … (full text Our Approach).

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Address: Alive & Thrive, Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite S680, Washington, DC 20009-5721, USA;

About: Alive & Thrive (A&T) is a 5-year initiative (2009-2013) to improve infant and young child nutrition by increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding and improving complementary feeding practices. A&T aims to reach more than 16 million children under 2 years old in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam. 

Lives saved, stunting reduced. The project aims to increase by 1.5 million the number of exclusively breastfed infants under 6 months old and to improve complementary foods and practices. This could save more than 300,000 lives and protect an additional 700,000 children from stunted growth. These estimates are based on evidence of the impact pathway, which links improved infant and young child feeding with improved child micronutrient status, growth, and reduced diarrhea and respiratory infections.

Learning and innovation. Alive & Thrive works through household, community, health facility, and mass media interventions. A&T will identify effective strategies to improve infant and young child nutrition that can then be used to inform policies and programs around the world. With an emphasis on learning and innovation, A & T will explore new partnerships and ways to give families and communities the support they need to provide children with a healthier future.

Immediate and long-term results. By supporting mothers and families through proven, cost-effective interventions, we can prevent child deaths now and improve the lives of families and communities far into the future.


  • Create delivery models in three distinct learning environments that improve IYCF practices at scale and can be replicated in other parts of the world
  • Document impact, cost, and cost-effectiveness of IYCF interventions
  • Foster innovation through a grants program
  • Disseminate learnings from A&T models, innovations, operations research, and evaluations

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