School health and nutrition (SHN) interventions are among the most ubiquitous public health investments and comprise a key mechanism for reaching populations that are otherwise difficult to reach through the health system.
No education system is effective unless it promotes the health and well-being of its students, staff and community. These strong links have never been more visible and compelling than in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This WHO guideline on school health services aims to provide national governments and other stakeholders with detailed guidance on the effectiveness, acceptability and content of comprehensiveschool health services involving a health worker.
This publication is based on an extensive review of health-promoting school policies, strategies and guidelines from 91 countries in various regions and on expert and public consultations with education and health sector policy-makers, practitioners and researchers around the world.
The CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition (VGFSyN) were endorsed at CFS 47 in February 2021.
Children have the right to an education. Where schools are not being reopened all children must have access to learning through alternative means. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and countries start easing lockdowns, UNICEF called for schools to reopen.
This manual contents have been adjusted to fit the local context for early childhood education in different areas and can be used as a reference for schools and communities when implementing Fit for School activities focusing on preventing communicable diseases among school-age children such as:
The Three Star Approach provides step-wise guidance for schools to make gradual improvements towards reaching national WASH in School (WinS) standards.
Recent guidance by WHO and other United Nations partners – Global accelerated action for the health of adolescents (AA-HA!): guidance to support country implementation – recommended that “every school should be a health promoting school”. This is in line with the redefinition of school health.
Schools are a vital resource for influencing the health and wellbeing of students and also that of families and the wider community.