Improved Learning through better Health, Nutrition and Education for the School-Age Child.
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.
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Home Grown School Feeding
Eye Health Promotion in Schools: Components and costs
Why is eye health promotion in schools important? What are its components?What are the cost drivers and costs for school-based vision screening at scale?
Margarita Franco, Save the Children El Salvador Augusto Costas. Save the Children BoliviaLesley Graham, Save the Children USA
How do you integrate physical activity into school programs given the constraints of space and time? An opportunity to learn from Save the Children’s experience in the Americas:
Health, Personal & Social Development Education & Learning: The Possibilities, the Pitfalls & the Practical
This session explores the pitfalls relating to the very wide scope of the social role of schooling as well as in the various methods/entry points and the practical realities and capacities of school systems in different contexts (low resource, high resource and conflict/disaster-affected)?
Ben Faten Abdelaziz, World Health Organization, Didier Jourdan, University of Clermont-AuvergneGoof Buijs, Schools for Health ConsultancyYuka Makino, World Health Organization
What is the WHO's strategy for Health Promoting Schools and how is that linked with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the WHO's 13th General Programme of Work? What learnings do the School for Health in Europe Network provide to fill gaps between policy and practice in high and low resource settings? What are the next steps for a renewed Health Promoting Schools Approach?
Jacquelyn Haver, Save the Children Penelope Phillips-Howard, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
This webinar presents the results of a pilot feasibility study and follow-up trial from Kisumu, Western Kenya, testing the value of providing menstrual cups to school girls. It outlines the effects and the costs of menstrual-specific intervetions versus broader initiatives have on adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health; school enrolment, retention, and attainment.
The webinar highlights the new tools are under development to assess the outcomes of menstrual health programming on girls' related self-efficacy, stress, and school participation.
Prof Donald Bundy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
The latest edition of DCP includes for the first time a volume on child and adolescent health and development. This proposes two Essential Packages, one specifically for School Age Children. As the lead editor for Volume 8, Professor Bundy will explore the why, what and how of this proposition.
Dr Bella Monse(GIZ), Denise Duijster (ACTA), Habib Benzian (NYU)
Oral diseases are among the most common diseases worldwide, particularly for school-age children and adolescents. They pose significant public health problems for all countries and entail substantial health, social, and economic impacts.
Simple and effective interventions exist to prevent most oral diseases. The school setting, among others, plays an important role. Specific focus will be on the integration of oral health promotion into Wash in Schools programming. Results from a multi country study in South East Asia will be presented and discussed.
Dr Caroline Hilari and Jeanne Long, Save the Children
How do you ensure different sources of food and nutrition in schools?
Join us to learn about various school-based nutrition sensitive interventions, with examples from Latin America on school store regulations and decreasing junk food sales in schools.
Katherine Pizzacalla, Chief Advisor, Fit for School ARMM Programme, GIZ
The webinar will discuss the strategy used by the Department of Education and GIZ to provide support to improve sanitation infrastructure in selected schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. The concept was developed as an alternative strategy to improve toilets in schools in conflict-affected areas where external construction teams could not access. The strategy focuses on School Based Management and the role of the School Community, led by the School Head, to ensure the construction is completed.
Promoting mental health, providing psychosocial support in schools (PDF)
Wig, N N (2000) WHO and mental health : a view from developing countries : round table discussion, in Setting the WHO Agenda for Mental Health, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 78 (4) p 502-503
Kutcher S, et al. (2016) A school mental health literacy curriculum resource training approach: effects on Tanzanian teachers' mental health knowledge, stigma and help-seeking efficacy, International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 10:50
Yifeng Wei Y et al. (2015) Mental health literacy measures evaluating knowledge, attitudes and help-seeking: a scoping review, BMC Psychiatry201515:291
Barry MM et al. (2013). A systematic review of the effectiveness of mental health promotion interventions for young people in low and middle income countries, BMC Public Health, 13, 835-83
Promoting Mental Health, Providing Psycho-Social Support in Schools in Low Resource Countries - October 2017
Dr Stan Kutcher, IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University, Canada
This webinar focuses on how mental health programmes and teacher training can be delivered and sustained in low resource countries.
Dr Kutcher's presented recent findings of a review of relevant research, reports and resources on school mental health in low resource countries. The webinar touched on how mental health programmes and teacher training can be delivered in low resource settings.
The webinar discussion sought to cover a range of issues related to how school health programmes can manage mental health problems. Topics covered in this discussion included:
The positive and negative aspects of mental health relevant to low resource settings.
Accessing the skills, information and resources to provide basic adolescent mental health services.
How school health can work reduce stigma associated with mental health
Global oral health promotion strategy (pdf)
SHIP, 2016. Guidelines for School-based Eye Health Programs
Gilbert, C & Rahi, J., 2011. Visual impairment and blindness in children. In G. Johnson et al., eds. Epidemiology of visual impairment in children.London: Arnold Publications, pp. 260-286.
The School Health Integrated Programming (SHIP) initiative - September 2017
Dr Laura Appleby, Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College LondonDr 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.
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:
School policy framework: Implementation of the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2008.
Leo Nerderveen and Yuka Makino - WHO
Wadih Maalouf - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Aala El-Khani - University of Manchester, UKIsidore Obot - Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA), NigeriaHanna Heikklia - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Menstrual Hygiene Management in Emergencies - Global guidelines and lessons learned from the Philippines - May 2017
Marni Sommer, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia UniversityJon Michael Villasenor, UNICEF Philippines
Stefan Witek-McManus, London Applied & Spatial Epidemiology Research Group, LSHTM.
Amina Fakir-Knipiler and Christelle Maitre-Anquetil, SANOFI.
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.
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.
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 later substance 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.
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.
The Impact of School Feeding: Findings from Ghana - Sept 2016Dr 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.