​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​fresh.gif​​​The School Health and Nutrition webinar series provides monthly presentations by leading policy makers, researchers and implementators engaged in improving the health and education of children in low and middle income countries across the globe. 

The webinars cover all areas of school health and nutrition with speakers draw from organisations engaged in furthering the aims and objectives of the FRESH movement.  ​​ This series builds on the SHN Webinar series by Save the Children which began in 2011 and over the past 5 years has brought speakers from the SHN sector of many organizations, including policy makers, researchers and practitioners.  

Register for upcoming webinars by signing up to the schoolhealth mailing. ​

If you have a suggestion for a future SHN topic or would like to find out about past webinars email f.peel@imperial.ac.uk

​​​​Next Webinar - ​13 October 2017

Promoting Mental Health, Providing Psycho-Social Support in Schools in Low Resource Countries​​​

13 October 2017 - 09.00 EDT/ 14.00 BST/ 16.00 EAT/ 21:00 SGT​  ​Dr Stan Kutcher, IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University, Canada
Dr. Stan Kutcher is the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Mental Health Policy and Training. He is a renowned expert in adolescent mental health and leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, and policy and has been involved in mental health work in over 20 countries. His work in several low resource countries offers insights on how mental health programmes and teacher training can be delivered and sustained in such countries. He and his colleagues in those countries have successfully adapted an instructional programme and teacher training in mental health literacy. 

The webinar will discuss  the findings of a review of relevant research, reports and resources that is being prepared to summarize what we know and need to know in school mental health in low resource countries. One of these issues will be to clarify what is meant and what is to be achieved through school programs.Is it managing mental health problems and illnesses? reducing stigma? ensuring basic mental health literacy (ie knowledge and skills required to access information and support or is it broader encompassing broader skills such as social & emotional learning, emotional well-being or "positive mental health". Are there positive or negative aspects of mental health that are more relevant to low resource countries? This discussion will include questions related to the essential nature of mental health programmes in LRC's. Should the focus be on mobilizing various forms of "psycho-social" support from educators and the community or should we use the school to deliver cost-effective mental health services?  A follow up webinar will examine these and other issues in depth and help to prepare a summary of issues and better practices. 

​Further Resources​​

A wide range of SHN resources can be accessed at the ​UNESCO HIV & Health Clearing House Resource Library ​an​d the ISHN Bibliography/Toolbox​​

​Previous Webinar Recordings​

Webinar part 1

Webinar part 2

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Additional resources:

The School Health Integrated Programming (SHIP) initiative - September 2017

Dr Laura Appleby, Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London
Dr Imran Khan, Chief Global Technical Lead, Sightsavers

The School Heath Integrated Programming (SHIP) initiative is a global programme that tsupports governments to mainstream school health and nutrition interventions into national education sector plans. The initiative is focused on two cornerstones of school health and nutrition: deworming and vision screening. These two simple interventions can be used as a platform for other interventions.

As part of the programme the initiative worked with governments in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal, to distribute treatments for intestinal worms and screen the eyes of 40,000 school children, giving glasses to those who need them. 

The initiative is collaboration between the World Bank Imperial College London's Partnership for Child Development (PCD)and Sightsavers with funding from the Global Partnership for Education.​

Global oral health promotion strategy - August 2017

Prof Paula Moynihan -  Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nutrition and Oral Health at Newcastle University, UK​​​​

​​Global oral health promotion strategy: integrating oral health promotion into general health promotion through sugars reduction and targeting schoolchildren.

Topics covered include:

  • Oral health status of children
  • WHO Oral Health Strategy
  • Links between oral health and general health: the common risk factors
  • WHO Guideline on Sugars Intake
  • Current sugars intake by children and adults
  • Implications of WHO Guideline for policy and practice- approaches to reducing sugars consumption
  • Sugars reduction and oral health promotion–the whole school approach​​
WHO Guidance on Promoting Diet and Physical Activity through Healthy Schools​ - July 2017

Leo Nerderveen and Yuka Makino - WHO​

Yuka Makino, Technical Officer on Health Promotion at WHO will introduce WHO's Global School Health Initiative and Health Promoting Schools and the latest guidance from WHO. She will be followed by her colleague Leo Nederveen, Technical Officer in the Surveillance and Population-based Prevention who will introduce WHO's Guidance on Promoting Diet and Physical Activity in School Settings. 
Substance Abuse Prevention through Schools in Low Resource Countries: What We Know & Need to Know - June 2017

Wadih Maalouf - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Aala El-Khani - University of Manchester, UK
Isidore Obot - Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA), Nigeria
Hanna Heikklia - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime​

Following up on the recent publication of a UNODC-UNESCO-WHO guidance document, this session will review and discuss the research and practice on programs preventing substance abuse, including alcohol and tobacco.

This webinar will be interactive, with remarks from several experts and practitioners, leading into a discussion among all attendees. Different aspects, effective strategies and challenges will be discussed.

A series of findings from a recent review of research, reports and resources relevant to low resource countries, presented in the form of a mini-Delphi consultation, will be circulated and discussed as a backdrop and eventual product of the session and follow-up​.

Menstrual Hygiene Management in Emergencies - Global guidelines and lessons learned from the Philippines - May 2017 ​​

Marni Sommer, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Jon Michael Villasenor, UNICEF Philippines​

Marni Sommer discussed the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Emergencies Toolkit, developed by Columbia University and the International Rescue Committee in partnership with the global humanitarian response community.  The toolkit provides guidance on the assessment and interventions for a cross-sectoral MHM response in emergency contexts. The toolkit informs the existing humanitarian response guidelines for the range of relevant sectors including WASH, protection, education, health, shelter & camp management. ​

​Jon Villasenor discusses the MHM response to the typhoon Haiyan, in particular on the recovery period of the disaster in the school sector. MHM lessons learnt from the response of the Philippines Government and its development partners were discussed along with ​ how these insights could be used to improve MHM programming in schools in development and emergency situations. ​
Malaria in schools - A World Malaria Day special - April 2017

Stefan Witek-McManus, London Applied & Spatial Epidemiology Research Group, LSHTM. 

Amina Fakir-Knipiler and Christelle Maitre-Anquetil, SANOFI.  ​

Stefan Witek-McManus, highlights the results of study into the impact of Learner Treatment Kit (LTK)in schools in Malawi. This innovative study looked at the effectiveness of training teachers to use LTKs - simple first-aid kits containing malaria rapid diagnostic tests and artemisinin-based combination therapy,  to manage un​complicated malaria and other basic health problems experienced by primary school children. 

Amina Fakir-Knipiler and Christelle Maitre-Anquetil introduce the School Children ​against Malaria programme. This initiative engaged primary schoolchildren as change agents to lead to individual behavior change and engage the community in the fight against malaria. They also be ​presented the​ MOSKI KIT; a comprehensive range of tools specifically designed to conduct didactic, interactive and fun malaria learning sessions with kids within the classroom. ​​

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Strengthening Education through school feeding in Guatemala​​ - March 2017

Fidel Arevalo and Roberto Cabrera, Save the Children Guatemala  

To mark this year's International School Meals Day the FRESH webinar will be focusing on the impact that the McGovern–Dole International Food for Education Projects is having on the education, child development and food security of low-income, food-deficit communities of Guatemala. 

​Through the USDA-funded Investment for Educational Development in Highlands (IDEA Project), Save the Children Guatemala is improving reading skills, health and nutrition practices in communities and complementing the “School Feeding Program” of the Ministry Of Education of Guatemala, promoting local recipes and the use of local foods.​

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Further reading

School-related gender-based violence​ - Feb 2017

Jenelle Babb, UNESCO; Julie Hanson Swanson, USAID;Hassan Muluusi, Raising Voices, Uganda.

​This webinar will explore tools and approaches for preventing, measuring, monitoring and responding to school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV), based on evidence and country experiences. 

SRGBV affects millions of children and young people, cutting across cultures, economies, peoples and practices. It constitutes a major barrier to children’s ability to learn and develop, and is correlated with lower academic achievement.

Ending school-related gender-based violence is a priority for countries wishing to achieve ambitious global goals on inclusive and quality education for all, good health and well-being and gender equality. 


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Substance Abuse Prevention in Schools​ - Nov 2016

Hanna Heikkilä, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime & Yongfeng Liu, UNESCO

This webinar discusses the role of education sector in contributing to the prevention of drug use and other risky behaviours, and introduce the types of school based approaches found effective for preventing l​​ater su​bstance​ use.

The presentation highlights the important role schools can have in preventing substance use and ensuring children and youth grow healthy and safe in to adulthood.​

Further resources

Fit for Schools - A model to promote hand washing - Oct 2016

Nicole Siegmund, ​GIZ

Basic WASH infrastructures in schools are prerequisites for positive hygiene behaviour and habit formation and address key determinants of health. This webinar looks at how the Fit for Schools Programme builds on existing systems and resources to enable the education sector within the region to implement and manage sustainable school health programmes.  ​ 

Further Resources

The Impact of School Feeding: ​Findings from Ghana - Sept 2016

​Dr Elisabetta Aurino​, Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London

Dr Aurino discusses the initial findings of a large scale impact evaluation of the Ghana School Feeding Programme on the health and educational outcomes of children and the incomes of local small holder farmers.

Further Resources
Mapping this wormy world​ - 
The Global Atlas of Helminth Infections​ - Aug 2016

Dr Rachel Pullan

London Applied & Spatial Epidemiology Research Group (LASER), London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Rachel Pullan discusses the importance of mapping worm prevalence as a means to design and target effective school based deworming programmes.  

​​ Better together? Integrating school health programmes - Results from Ethiopia   - July 2016 

Dr Laura Appleby, 
Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London

Laura's webinar presents initial research findings from the Enhanced School Health Initiative, an innovative collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia to assess the effectiveness of integrating multiple school health and nutrition programmes in Southern Ethiopia. 

Further reading
SHN in low income countries: What we know and need to know through Research and fieldwork​​ - June 2016

Professor Masamine Jimba
Dept of Community and Global Health 
University of Tokyo

Further reading
​​​​ Controlling Malaria in Schools - Evidence and Lessons from Mali - April 2016 

Sian Clarke, LSHTM
Seybou Diarra, Save the Children Mali

Mali has become a hot spot for innovation and inspiration regarding malaria control through schools. This webinar   reviews key scientific evidence and recent on-the-ground experience in national policy and planning, in order to stimulate debate on programmatic implications.  ​