Alive & Thrive

Alive & Thrive impact evaluation in Burkina Faso (2015-2017)

The project is an impact evaluation of the Alive & Thrive initiative in Burkina Faso. Alive & Thrive is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the governments of Canada and Ireland and managed by FHI 360.

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Alive & Thrive team in Burkina Faso

A team from the Maternal Health Group (MHG) involving Dr. Veronique Filippi, Dr. Jenny Cresswell, Dr. Sophie Sarrassat, and Professor Simon Cousens in collaboration with two research institutions in Burkina Faso, Centre MURAZ, and AFRICSanté, will perform the impact evaluation of the Alive & Thrive initiative to improve infant feeding practices, specifically increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding in Burkina Faso.

Alive & Thrive’s  program involves (i) advocacy with national and regional level stakeholders, and (ii) interpersonal communication with mothers and families and community mobilisation activities targeting opinion leaders, families, traditional healers, and other community members. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso, Alive & Thrive selected the region of Boucle du Mouhoun to implement a ‘proof of concept’ intervention in randomly selected  communes.

Project objectives:

1) To conduct a cluster randomised trial in the region of Boucle du Mouhoun to determine the impact of Alive & Thrive’s programme on the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding among infants up to six months, and other outcomes of interest in infants up to twelve months;

2) To conduct a complementary qualitative study to document (i) the implementation of Alive & Thrive activities at regional and local levels, activities conducted by other agencies, and the ways in which women receive information on breastfeeding in the intervention and control areas; and (ii) the social determinants of breastfeeding;

3) To conduct a validation study in a sub-sample of mothers and infants up to six months comparing mother’s self-reported exclusive breastfeeding practice to a reliable biochemical method (the dose to the mother deuterium oxide turnover technique).

Visit the Alive & Thrive website to learn more.

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