• 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 Emergencies (IYCF-E), assessment and Social Behavior Change (SBC) to Save the Children and Welthungerhilfe (WHH) in 2016, 2017 and 2021.

Past support to Syria

IYCF-E and SBC (2016-2017)


Save the Children 


At the time of deployment, an estimated 13.5 million people needed humanitarian assistance in Syria, 4.5 million located in so called ‘hard to reach’ and besieged areas. Whilst these are predominantly in Northern Syria, they also include ‘hard to reach’ and besieged areas, some of which are in Central and Southern areas of Syria, relying on remote management and support. Nutrition Cluster worked closely with the Health Cluster to promote an integrated package of nutrition and health services such as IYCF-E counselling and treatment for acute malnutrition, Prior to the Syrian crisis, IYCF were already far from optimal with just 46% of babies being put to the breast within 1 hour of birth and 43% exclusively breastfeeding. Formula and bottle feeding were common practices because of breastfeeding misconceptions & beliefs. In response, partners implemented humanitarian nutrition programs with a strong emphasis on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) programming. However, it was a relatively new area for most partners and significant technical support was still required. 

The request:

Tech RRT Advisors (IYCF-E and SBC) were requested to work with cluster and members to conduct the Knowledge Attitude and Practice Baseline survey and provide senior leadership, technical support and capacity building for these assessments, the ongoing advocacy campaign and IYCF-E programming to strengthen the overall delivery of the IYCF-E response. 

Key achievements: 

  • Provided technical support to all aspects of the design, preparation, implementation and finalization of the IYCF/IYCF-E KAP assessments undertaken by partners and led by the Tech RRT SBC Adviser and in close collaboration with the SAG and the IYCF-E Technical Working Group. This included the following: 
  • The development of the assessment methodology, selection of priority assessment locations, development of questionnaires, and input into the design of training plans and materials. 
  • Collaborative facilitation of the 5-day training (ToT) on all aspects of the KAP survey for approximately 20 participants, including support to trainers to prepare for cascade trainings. 
  • Support to nutrition cluster partners during the implementation of the baseline IYCF/IYCF-E KAP survey, including supervision and monitoring of the data collection, if possible, and support to finalize preliminary reports and recommendations. 
  • Provided technical IYCF-E input in the preparation and finalization phases of the barrier analyses undertaken by cluster partners. 
  • Provided technical support to establish a rapid response system for IDPs for IYCF-E. 
  • Developed an IYCF-E Rapid Response mechanism including the development of MBA Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures for BMS, Integration of WASH and IYCF-E 
  • Supported/facilitated engagement with other sectors (Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, Health, etc.) for the start-up of the IYCF/IYCF-E scale-up plan 
  • Provided input and technical support in the rollout of the Advocacy and awareness campaign. 
  • Document and share lessons learned from the process (KAP & BA), in collaboration with the SBC Tech RRT Adviser. 

The principal objective of the Nutrition Cluster is to rapidly scale up both preventive and curative nutrition services across areas that can be reached by partners. 

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

Assessments (2020-2021)
Are you planning to conduct IYCF-E survey, the assessment survey in Turkey will help you.


Welthungerhilfe (WHH) 


In October 2020, Turkey was hosting more than 3,624,941 Syrian refugees which consist of 60% of all the Syrian refugees according to UNHCR. The European Union in partnership with the Turkish government launched the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) in 2016 to assist vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers in Turkey to address basic needs such as access to food. During 2019, high inflation escalated food prices to 28% and many Syrians resolved by cutting the quantity and diversity of their food intake and consuming food of low nutrient quantity which jeopardized their nutrition status. In return Children, pregnant women and lactating women were most affected.  As such there was need to assess the food security and nutrition needs of Turkey and Syria households. WHH contracted a company to conduct the survey  

The request:  

WHH lacked the capacity to provide technical oversight to the research company on some aspects such as sampling methodology, data monitoring, and data analysis). WHH requested the support of the GNC Technical Alliance for remote technical backstopping to WHH to ensure the quality of the research companies work and the overall success of the assessment.   

Key achievements:

  • Support the development of survey designs and survey protocols 
  • Support in the development of food security and nutrition assessment questionnaire 
  • Supported final data analysis and drafted the final report. 


Food Security and Infant and Young Child Feeding Assessment Survey Protocol