Newborn drinking milk from a soft silicone NIFTY cup.

Nutrition and child health

Better nutrition + clean water = healthy kids

Opportunity

Prevent the deaths of millions of newborns and children who die in low-income countries each year because of undernutrition and unsafe drinking water.

Innovations

Our technologies and approaches help give children the best possible start in life. Solutions pioneered by PATH and our partners include the NIFTY cup, a low-cost cup used for hand expression of breast milk and feeding infants unable to breastfeed; a system to manage the safe pasteurization of human breast milk using mobile phone–based technology; the MSR® SE200™ Community Chlorine Maker, which can be used to produce safe drinking water at community wells, kiosks, and schools; and sustainable innovations in nutrition to improve children’s diets.

SE200 water treatment kit: case, bottle, salt, cup, chlorine, and chlorinator device.
This portable device produces chlorine to quickly treat community drinking water in low-resource and disaster-stricken settings.

2015 impact

  • PATH is collaborating with partners to bring a new feeding cup to market based on the NIFTY cup design to reach the 9 million infants in Africa and Asia who have difficulty breastfeeding. PATH is validating use of the NIFTY cup in sub-Saharan Africa to provide evidence that will inform future use of this lifesaving device for preterm infants.

  • To increase access to human milk for vulnerable infants, we are leading efforts in South Africa and other countries to scale up an integrated package of human milk banking and breastfeeding promotion to strengthen nutrition and newborn care health systems. We are also working to transfer affordable, safe pasteurization technologies to manufacturers at low cost to ensure sustainability.

  • The MSR SE200 Community Chlorine Maker was launched in 2015, the result of a five-year, cross-sector partnership to bring low-cost community water solutions to the global market. Using salt, water, and a 12-volt battery, the device produces enough chlorine to treat up to 200 liters of water in just five minutes.

  • PATH is working with communities in Ghana on strategies to incorporate akokono, a type of edible larvae, into people’s diets. These protein- and vitamin-rich grubs are considered a delicacy and offer an environmentally friendly way to improve nutrition. New approaches are being tested for potential use in community settings that may offer a new source of income for women through microfarming, processing, and sales.

MSR SE200 is a registered trademark of Mountain Safety Research, a Division of Cascade Designs, Inc.