Amara Igwe kalu

Amarachi Igwe Kalu is a Development Consultant and Award Winning Infant Health and Wellbeing Advocate with over 7 years experience in the development sector focusing on community healthcare interventions.

She is the Founder and CEO, Thriving Up Initiative, an NGO working to save newborn lives by providing a holistic approach to ensuring the health, wellbeing and development of newborns and infants in underserved communities.

Amarachi has worked with international, local and financial institutions including the US Embassy, Vitamin Angels International, S.C.C Nigeria Ltd, JCI and Access Bank, to implement high impact interventions that have saved thousands of newborn lives and improved health and development outcomes of babies in underserved communities in Nigeria.

Her high impact intervention projects include the construction of fully functional Primary Healthcare Centers in two different underserved and hard-to-reach communities and provision of life saving prenatal Vitamins, Vitamin A supplements and de-worming tablets, to mother’s and babies up to six months in severely underserved communities. Her interventions have saved the lives of over 2000 newborn babies, improved immunization rates of babies and children under age five (5) by over 80 percent, improved access to antenatal care by 100 percent and continues to provide access to healthcare for over 5000 people, including women and children in  underserved communities.

She is also the executive director, The AIGK company, a social impact hub, through which she equips passionate change makers with the Skills, Strategies and Steps required to effect social change so that they can sustainably impact their communities and ultimately Africa.

Amarachi has been featured on different TV and Radio programs as well as reputable platforms like Eloy awards and Leading Ladies Africa.

She is a Fellow of the President Obama YALI RLC (2017), recipient of the NYSC FCT Honorary Award (2018), and recipient of the prestigious US Embassy Ambassadorial Grant Award (2018).
In 2020, she was selected by the US Government as one of Africa’s most promising young leaders and a Mandela Washington Fellow.

Amarachi has spoken and hosted panels at local and international conferences and is an active member of the International Leadership Association.

In 2021, she was named one of Africa’s 50 rising social impact transformers by Presidential Aspirant, Fela Durutoye.

Amarachi is passionately driven to saving newborn lives and strongly believes that individuals of all ages deserve to thrive and fulfill potential.