The IYCN Project was led by PATH and implemented by PATH and three partners: CARE, The Manoff Group, and University Research Co., LLC. Each partner has extensive experience in providing technical assistance to programs to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition.


PATH is an international nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. By collaborating with diverse public- and private-sector partners, PATH helps provide appropriate health technologies and vital strategies that change the way people think and act. PATH’s work improves global health and well-being.

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, PATH has 34 offices in 23 countries. PATH currently works in more than 70 countries in the areas of health technologies, maternal and child health, reproductive health, vaccines and immunization, and emerging and epidemic diseases.

A recognized leader in global maternal and child health and nutrition, PATH provided technical leadership and day-to-day management for IYCN. The project was housed in PATH’s Washington, DC, office.

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CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women, because equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

CARE provided in-country support, office facilities, and a wide range of technical assistance to IYCN.

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The Manoff Group

The Manoff Group creates and applies innovative strategies and methods for solving problems in health, family planning, nutrition, environment, and HIV/AIDS. For 40 years, The Manoff Group has been a leader in qualitative research methods, communications, training, and materials development for programs around the world.

Manoff’s Behavior-Centered ProgrammingSM is a practical and proven, systematic and consultative approach to changing individual, family, and community behaviors. The Manoff Group believes in an active partnership between program participants and technical experts to formulate and test proposed practices, products, strategies, messages, and materials.

With a behavior-focused approach to nutrition, The Manoff Group provided technical assistance and backstopping support for IYCN.

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University Research Co., LLC

University Research Co., LLC (URC) is a professional services firm dedicated to helping clients use scientific methods and research findings to improve program management and outcomes and achieve organizational and behavioral change. For more than 40 years, URC has helped government and private-sector clients design, operate, and evaluate programs that address health, social, and educational needs. With its nonprofit affiliate, the Center for Human Services, URC works in the United States and globally on projects that span five core practice areas: Communications & Outreach, Education & Training, Health & Population, Quality Management, and Research & Evaluation.

For the IYCN Project, URC provided in-country support in Lesotho, office facilities, and technical support in the area of infant and young child feeding practices within the context of HIV/AIDS.

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