| Quarterly Newsletter

Quarterly Newsletter 2024, Issue 1

In this issue we highlight updates from the Child Survival Action Initiative at CPHIA 2023, results from the members' survey, takeaways from the last Steering Committee, spotlight a Task Force member, and provide subgroup updates.


| Quarterly Newsletter

Quarterly Newsletter 2023, Issue 3

In this issue we highlight updates from the Child Survival Action Initiative and Sierra Leone's call to the region; share the new iCCM Toolkit and the French version of the School Health and Nutrition Hub; and provide subgroup updates.

| Press Release

Calling All African Health Leaders: Ensuring the Survival of Africa’s Children Demands African Leadership and Accountability

Sierra Leone is moving fast on a major health concern, one that could have grave implications for the future of the country. While this emergency may never receive the kind of global attention that COVID-19 inspired in 2020 when it was declared a public health emergency of international concern, it is no less a threat to humanity, and to the future of our African children.

| Quarterly Newsletter

Quarterly Newsletter 2023, Issue 2

In this issue we recap the successful CSA launch, provide a preview of the Task Force's upcoming conference, share a new resource in the School Health and Nutrition Hub, and give subgroup updates.

| Report

State of School Feeding Worldwide, 2022

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) released its biannual flagship publication, providing an overview on how countries support their children through effective school feeding programmes. This report uses the best available data sources to provide an overview of coverage, implementation practices and costs of school-based health and nutrition programmes worldwide.

| Special Update

International School Meals Day: Launch of New Animated Video

Learning while hungry is nearly impossible. In honor of International School Meals Day, the Child Health Task Force developed a new animated video on the benefits of school feeding programs for children. School meals are one of the most effective non-teaching interventions to improve learning. They encourage children to attend school regularly and foster equitable opportunities to learn. Making these programs effective requires the support and input of many sectors, including education, health, and agriculture.

| Quarterly Newsletter

Quarterly Newsletter 2023, Issue 1

In this issue we share updates from the last Task Force Steering Committee meeting, the CSA blueprint and last country mission trip, annual members' survey results, spotlight on member Rabiu Idris Yau, and the upcoming Task Force-hosted virtual conference. We also give a snapshot on the subgroups' latest activities, news from the network and upcoming events.

| Webinar

Ready to Learn and Thrive: Sharing the School Health and Nutrition Global Status Report

The Child Health Task Force, UNESCO, and LSHTM co-hosted a webinar to mark the publication of the report Ready to Learn and Thrive: School Health and Nutrition around the WorldListen to the recording and access the presentation slides here on the website.

| Webinar

School Health and Nutrition: Reach and Relevance for Adolescents

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) hosted a webinar to launch a suite of tools designed to guide program planners through some of the key questions that arise in program development and investment prioritization to support adolescents in achieving their full potential. The event engaged the World Bank Task Team Leaders, technical bodies, and external funding agencies to discuss how these tools can be widely applied in practice. Watch the recording here.


| Quarterly Newsletter

Quarterly Newsletter 2022, Issue 3

In this issue we share the Child Survival Action Theory of Change, introduce two hubs new to the Task Force website, and multisectoral tools and resources for child health. We also give a snapshot on the subgroups' latest activities, news from the network and upcoming events.

| Press Release

World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day, October 6th, 2022, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), gave a speech at the UN Transforming Education Summit emphasizing the role of schools in protecting the mental health of children. WHO and UNICEF also launched a briefing note for national governments on promoting and protecting mental health in schools and learning environments. Learn more about supporting children's mental health and wellbeing through schools in this infographic, part of the newly released microlearning toolkit on school health and nutrition.

| Report

Highlights from "Ready to learn and thrive: school health and nutrition around the world"

UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Global Partnership for Education, UNICEF, World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO), with the support of the Research Consortium for School Health and Nutrition and the UN Nutrition Secretariat released a brief presenting highlights from the new global school health and nutrition status report. The brief summarizes the report, Ready to learn and thrive: School health and nutrition around the world. Based on the most comprehensive and up to date data, the report provides an overview of the extent to which countries have school health and nutrition (SHN) policies and programmes in place. It aims to encourage efforts to improve, scale up and sustain SHN policies and programmes to improve overall well-being of learners and to provide a basis for monitoring progress. Stay tuned for the release of the full-length report in November, 2022.

| Quarterly Newsletter

Quarterly Newsletter 2022, Issue 2

In this issue we summarize the Child Survival Action side event, climate change and child health discussion, and an iCCM subgroup hosted roundtable. We feature a Reimagining TA brief on the critical shifts, two case studies, and updates from all the Task Force subgroups.

| Webinar

Healthy & Educated – School Health and Nutrition to transform education and young people’s lives

Join this hybrid event as part of the June 28-30 UN Transforming Education Pre-Summit in Paris. The event will feature speakers from around the world, and will be attended by the multiple partners involved in efforts to make every school a health promoting school. It aims to explore the integrated approach to school health and nutrition and highlight its positive effects.

Sponsored by Finland, Namibia and the Global Partnership for Education, with the support of UNESCO, UNICEF and WFP, the event will be in English and French. Watch online here from 6:30-8:00 AM EDT on June 28 2022.

| Special Update

Why Policy Makers Should Prioritize School Health Programs

Check out this newly published brief distilling questions and responses from interviews with 16 USAID Africa Bureau Missions on operationalizing multi-sector coordination for school health. Read the full report here.

| Webinar

Multi-sectoral Approaches to Child Health: A discussion series

The Re-imagining the Package of Care for Children subgroup of the Child Health Task Force is hosting a discussion series on enablers and challenges to effective multi-sectoral approaches to child health programming. Register here to join! Recordings and presentation slides will be posted here.

| Special Update

School as a Platform to Control Malaria: The case for cross-sectoral investment

In honor of World Malaria Day, the Child Health Task Force in collaboration with USAID has released an infographic to highlight the importance of school-based malaria prevention and treatment. View the infographic here!

| Blog

Governments across Africa are rebuilding home-grown school feeding (HGSF) programs to help their recovery from the pandemic

The Brookings Institution published a blog on Africa Day of School Feeding which discusses the role of home-grown school feeding in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the blog here.

| Quarterly Newsletter

Winter 2022 Newsletter

In this issue we summarize the TF members' meeting and responses to member feedback; share highlights of the TF Steering Committee; introduce new SC members; spotlight TF member Rodgers Gift Benkele; and give an overview of subgroup 2022 plans.

| Webinar

How to Make Better Policies for School Meals

The OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate hosted a webinar focused on how to overcome evidence gaps in food systems to support policy makers around the world develop better policies for food systems. Watch the recording here.