• Request support for nutrition coordination, information management and nutrition in emergencies

  • التماس الدعم لتنسيق التغذية وإدارة المعلومات والتغذية في حالات الطوارئ

  • Buscar apoyo para la coordinación de la nutrición, la gestión de la información y la nutrición en situaciones de emergencia

  • Demander un appui pour la coordination de la nutrition, la gestion de l'information et la nutrition dans les situations d'urgence

  • Solicite apoio para coordenação em nutrição, gestão de informação e nutrição em emergências


The GNC Technical Alliance provided in-depth support for Infant and Young Child Feeding in emergency (IYCF-E) to UNICEF and WFP in 2016 and 2019.

Past support to Haiti

IYCF-E (2016)
Learn more about IYCF-E Technical Support during Hurricane Mathew in Haiti.




Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on October 4, 2016, and devastated homes, harvests, and infrastructure. The Governmental Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) of Haiti confirmed that 75% of the population was affected, with more than 546 deaths and 438 injured. A total of 1.4 million people required humanitarian assistance, including 546,000 women of reproductive age and 112,500 children under five. In some affected communities, up to 100% of harvests were destroyed by the hurricane, threatening household food security. The World Food Program (WFP) announced that there were nearly 806,000 people at extreme levels of food insecurity due to the impact of the hurricane. This, coupled with water supply shortages and cholera epidemics, increased the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially in children under 2 years of age. 

The request: 

The GNC TST   was requested to help design the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) response by assessing priority needs and strengthening the capacity of nutrition stakeholders to deliver the response. 

Key achievements:  

  • A joint IYCF statement was developed and disseminated in coordination with stakeholders and the nutrition cluster 
  • A rapid IYCF Assessment was conducted to better understand the impact of the hurricane on infant and young child feeding practices. Results helped pinpoint priority needs for IYCF emergency interventions and identify the most effective measures to improve IYCF practices for children under two years of age 
  • Results of the assessment as well as the key IYCF messages were presented to health officials and NGO partners for validation and discussion 
  • An IYCF emergency response plan and a key IYCF messages cheat sheet were developed and shared with all partners. 

You can find out more about  IYCF-E on our website or submit any questions or technical queries you may have through our request page

IYCF-E (2021)
Are you planning to develop IYCF-E strategies and training? The example below shows past support to Haiti by the GNC technical alliance




A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake and tropical depression hit Haiti in August 2021, exacerbating the already fragile situation due to gang-related displacement, food insecurity, and climate shocks. The earthquake caused a death toll of more than 2200 with a lot more missing. On top of that, Tropical depression Grace triggered floods affecting more than 500 homes and delaying humanitarian response in some regions. Before the crisis, breastfeeding in Haiti was already poor with only 40% of children exclusively breastfed and during the earthquake, children lost their mothers and were at risk of death requiring urgent interventions. The nutrition cluster identified several interventions to promote children's nutrition such as management of non-optimal infants and young child feeding, no untargeted breast milk substitute, identifying and targeting infants under 6 months who are not breastfed, and lipid-based nutrition supplementation. 

The request  

There was a lack of capacity in Haiti to support the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) solutions as such the nutrition cluster in collaboration with UNICEF requested GNC Technical Support.  

Key achievements:  

  • Developed ToR for the IYCF-E technical working group with clear action plans for 3 months 
  • Conducted a 20-minute orientation meeting during cluster meetings to explain the difference between IYCF and IYCF in Emergency situations. 
  • Revised the PCNB guideline  
  • Developed BMS management guidelines, BMS labeling flyer, and national IYCF-E operational guidelines. 
  • Conducted IYCF-E orientation session with managers at the national level 
  • Conducted a 3-day online training session with frontline workers  
  • Developed IYCF-E capacity mapping reports highlighting policy gaps as well as human capacity. 


Capacity Mapping Assessment in Haiti 

Operational guideline for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) 

Haiti Online IYCF-E Orientation for Technical Working Groups 

Haiti IYCF-E Training of Trainers  

IYCF-E (2022)
The GNC Technical Alliance can provide support even to a local organization. The example below is the past support to CHSAN a youth organization


Haitian Concorde for Food and Nutrition Security (CHSAN) 


CHSAN is a local Haitian organization, developed by young people in 2006, in response to Hurricane Mattiew in the southwest of Haiti, Grande Anse Department.  Apart from activities and skills in agriculture and food security, CHSAN wanted to develop awareness-raising activities and promote good nutrition practices. The organization previously received training on nutrition from HHF and had some contact with TST to inquire about the technical support possibilities offered by this mechanism. CHSAN had experience in developing radio programs for their activities which could have been so used to promote nutrition activities. However, CHSAN was not in contact with the nutrition humanitarian partners to get nutrition information and support. CHSAN had a project with the Haitian Health Foundation which had components of promoting nutrition during the 1000 days of child growth. ever, CHSAN had no experience in conducting nutrition projects, especially IYCF-E.  

The request  

CHSAN required technical support in conducting nutrition promotion as such they requested Tech RRT. This experience would help the organization to design nutrition programs and strengthen collaboration with big organizations working in the same field. 

Key achievements: 

  • Supported setting the HHF project focusing on nutrition promotion 

  • Conducted IYCF-E training 

IYCF (2022)
Are you interested in IYCF-E programs? The below past example can help you plan your programs.


Save the Children 


 Following the earthquake in August 2021, the humanitarian situation worsened in Haiti. This coupled with food insecurity and climate change, the humanitarian need was increasing. The GNC Technical Support Team previously provided support that focused on establishing and scaling up the IYCF-U response, including setting up the IYCF-U Technical Working Group with an action plan, updating the Support Space Guidelines (NBCP), providing immediate technical support on the management of artificially fed infants. This phase of support is aimed at capacitating the nutrition sector coordinator to transition to more recovery programming. This included the building of frontline staff, support for coordination at national and sub-national levels, information management, and technical support for the implementation of IYCF-U intervention programs. 

The request  

The support requested was to support the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-U) program in moving from emergency response to recovery by identifying gaps and challenges in the national response, providing technical advice on SLM protocols, monitoring and reporting, and building government capacity, of the nutrition sector and its partners, during a deployment in the country. 

Key achievements: 

  • Conducted IYCF-U capacity assessment during the last day of the training of the  trainer 

  • Conducted a 5 days training of Trainers for 38 people including 33 women and 5 men in IYCFU  

  • Developed IYCF-E operational guideline