In almost half of all children’s deaths worldwide, poor nutrition is a contributing factor. Most of the world’s children are under-nourished because their nutrition does not meet even minimum standards. This series of teaching films—Nutrition Series: First Foods for Young Children—has been designed and created to address this problem.

The Nutrition Series shows how to improve feeding practices for children between the ages of six months and two years, when good nutrition is so critical to their health and development. The 17 films—9 for health workers and 8 for caregivers—were shot in over 60 households in Nigeria, Kenya, and Nepal.

Film Team

The videos were designed and produced by the Global Health Media Project team:

Writer, Producer, and Director: Deborah Van Dyke
Videographers: Joseph Brunette, Mark Binder, Bishnu Kalpit, Willow O’Feral
Editor: Anthony Bacon

Primary Sources

The Community Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling Package, UNICEF and URC/CHS, 2012, 2013
Guiding Principles for Complementary Feeding of the Breastfed Child, PAHO and WHO, 2003
Guiding Principles for Feeding Non-Breastfed Children 6-24 Months of Age, WHO, 2005

Content Experts and Reviewers

France Bégin, Jessica White, Aashima Garg, Maaike Arts: UNICEF Nutrition team, HQ New York
UNICEF Early Childhood Development and Communication for Development teams, HQ New York
Dr. Karen Hays, CNM, Adjunct Faculty, Midwifery Department, Bastyr University, USA
Several nutrition and WASH experts worldwide, including from UNICEF offices listed below

Support and On-site Collaboration

  Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Dietetics Unit
  Machakos County Department of Health
  Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria
  Ondo State Ministry of Health
  Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board
  Ministry of Health Nepal, District Health Office, Kavre
  Health workers and volunteers from Kavre
  Nepal Technical Assistance Group

A very special thank you goes to the more than 60 families in Kenya, Nigeria, and Nepal who were willing to be filmed with their young children.

Nutrition Counsellors

  Stella Muyiva Mutinda
  Jeniffer Mwangangi
  Ronke Obaloyo


English:  Charlotte Blake Alston
Spanish:  Maria Alexandra Granja
French:  Jeanne Bernier
Nepali:  Anita Bindu
Swahili:  Rodha Moraa
Hausa: Khadijah Sunusi Kabir
Yoruba: Khadijah Sunusi Kabir


The generous funding that made the Nutrition Series: First Foods for Young Children possible was provided by UNICEF-Kenya, UNICEF-Nigeria, UNICEF-Nepal, and UNICEF-Tanzania (along with their donors, DFID and UK-AID); UNICEF-HQ; the US Fund; and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (for the videos on breastfeeding for working mothers). Support was also provided by GHMP’s individual and family donors.


Copyright to the videos is owned by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Permission is required to adapt any part of the videos, and should be obtained from