School Health Nutrition News
Getting School Health Right in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Think Global Health published a blog on the COVID-19 disruptions to children's and adolescent's learning and access to school health and nutrition services. The piece also discusses the importance of school health programming and investments beyond COVID-19, challenges in implementation, and critical actions for individuals and organizations to promote and advocate for comprehensive health services in schools.
Brief: Sustaining Adolescent Health Service Delivery During Prolonged School Closures
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GFF published a brief highlighting approaches to sustain the delivery of school health and nutrition services to adolescents during school closures. The report also presents considerations for the resumption of school-based service delivery upon reopening.
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New Publication: Considerations for Monitoring School Health and Nutrition Programs
Recently Frontiers in Public Health published an article on monitoring programs in school health and nutrition (SHN), addressing a major gap in the literature. Key aspects of SHN program monitoring are explored, including: (1) why monitor; (2) what to measure; (3) how to measure; and (4) who measures. Read the full-text article here.
Global Launch: Making every school a health-promoting school
The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are hosting a global launch event to introduce the Health-Promoting Schools initiative and newly developed guidance. Join the call on Tuesday, June 22 at 1pm CEST/7am EDT by registering here!
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Research Consortium for School Health and Nutrition
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine launched a research consortium on school health and nutrition on May 27th, 2021. Watch recordings from the launch event here! The Research Consortium is a global, multi-sectoral partnership of academic, scientific and technical institutions and individuals, to promote quality research on the health, nutrition, well-being, education and development of school age children and adolescents. You can learn more about the initiative on their website.
Webinar on Global Standards
WHO organized a webinar (February 2021) to debut its updated global standards for health promoting schools.
State of School Feeding Worldwide 2020
WFP launched its State of School Feeding Worldwide report (February 2021). The report finds that between 2013 and 2020, the number of children receiving school meals grew by 9 percent globally and 36 percent in low-income countries, as governments expanded their programmes and made school feeding the world’s most extensive social safety net. The report also estimates that school meals programmes yield returns of up to US$ 9 for every US$ 1 invested.
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Nutrition crisis looms as globally more than 39 billion in-school meals missed since start of COVID-19 pandemic – UNICEF and WFP
In January 2021, UNICEF and WFP estimated that 39 billion in-school meals have been missed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the important role schools play in delivering routine services to vulnerable children.
Meeting Children Where They Are: School Health & Nutrition in a Global Pandemic
In recognition of World Children’s Day, the Child Health Task Force authored a blog (November 2020) on the importance of ensuring school health and nutrition programs are primed to meet children where they are, particularly in light of unprecedented school closures worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Preventive malaria treatment among school-aged children in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analyses
The Lancet published a systematic review and meta-analysis of preventive malaria treatment among school-age children in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors conclude that preventive treatment among this cohort significantly decreases prevalence as well as risk of future infection.
Joint WFP and UNICEF Multisectoral Checklist for School Reopening and School based Nutrition in the context of COVID-19
WFP and UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Offices (July 2020) jointly published a non-exhaustive list of recommended multi-sectoral actions to consider as part of the short and longer-term planning for and implementation of school reopening and school-based nutrition in the context of COVID-19.