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The NIFTY cup, designed by PATH, UW and Seattle Children's. Photo credit: PATH.
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By Amiti Addrisi

It's a $1 cup designed to properly feed high-risk babies in under-developed regions of the world.

But don't let the simplicity of the word cup fool you. The design, development, and implementation of the Nifty Cup is the culmination of years of work and partnership with Seattle Children's hospital, the University of Washington and global health organization PATH.

Every country comes with traditions and a way to care for their young. But a standard of feeding the world's most at-risk babies does not exist. The Nifty Cup hopes to change that.

“We needed to come up with a way we could use a modified cup system that would be useful to them, and long lasting, and be able to be cleaned and be used probably for the first year of life,” said Dr. Michael Cunningham, chief of craniofacial medicine at Seattle Children’s.

Cunningham worked with Christy McKinney, Associate Professor at UW, to partner with Seattle Children’s, UW Medicine and PATH to develop different designs for feeding these at-risk babies.


Christy McKinney received her PhD in Epidemiology and certificate in global health from UW.

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