Amara Igwe Kalu

2021 Fellow from Nigeria

Amarachi Igwe Kalu is a development consultant and infant health and well-being advocate with more than six years of experience in the community development sector focusing on community health care interventions. She is currently the founder and chief executive officer of Thriving Up Initiative, a non-governmental organization that provides a holistic approach to ensuring the health, well-being, and development of newborns and infants in underserved communities. Amarachi works with international and local financial institutions to implement interventions that save thousands of newborn lives and improve the health and development outcomes of babies in Nigeria. Amarachi is committed to saving newborn lives and ending preventable newborn deaths. She holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Chemistry and is a recipient of the National Youth Service Corps' Federal Capital Territory Honours Award and the U.S. Embassy Ambassadorial Grant Award. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Amarachi plans to train community health workers on best practices for essential newborn care.

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