Resources

Welcome to the Child Health Task Force Resource Library. This database hosts a range of documents from agencies and organizations working on child health programming. When using the search function, please be as specific as possible. More specific search language will return the most appropriate results. Resources are available for download for further reading and can be sent via email or other social media platforms for ease of sharing.

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Tool | English | 2022

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

This infographic shares evidence for using schools as a platform for malaria prevention and control. It also identifies key malaria interventions that can be delivered through schools and the respective roles of the education and health sectors. This resource is intended for USAID Mission staff, including health and education officers, as well as implementing partners, ministries of health and education, and school administrators. 

Infographic on School as a Platform to Control Malaria39.02 MB
English | 2022

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.

Event Materials | English | 2022

How to Make Better Policies for School Meals Webinar Recording

The OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate hosted a webinar on February 10, 2022 focused on how to overcome evidence gaps in food systems to support policy makers around the world develop better policies for food systems.

Tool | English | 2022

ADOLESCENT SCHOOL HEALTH & NUTRITION: INTERACTIVE DECISION TREES

This tool is designed to be interactive. Each decision tree is intended to be viewed as a holistic overview of the types of questions a practitioner might explore to strengthen the respective dimension of school health and nutrition. Practitioners can select which decision tree to explore by clicking on its respective box on the home page. Practitioners engage with the decision tree by answering each question. Once a practitioner selects ‘No,’ a text box appears to suggest actions to consider.

Report | English | 2022

School Health and Nutrition: Reach and Relevance for Adolescents

This brief summarizes the benefits to adolescent health and human capital formation that accrue from investments in health and nutrition interventions delivered through schools, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.

English | 2022

Focusing Resources on Effective School Health (FRESH) framework

UNESCO's Focusing Resources on Effective School Health (FRESH) framework presents a vision for collaboration between health and other sectors working on different aspects of human development such as safety from violence & crime, equity, inclusion, relief & development aid, social and sustainable development. As the partnership continued its work, the focus on access to schooling, attendance and educational attainment increased. 

Journal Article | English | Ghana | 2022

Eligibility for the use of ready-made spectacles among children in a school-based programme in Ghana

Journal article published in PLOS Global Public Health on January 27, 2022.

Event Materials | English | 2021

Webinar Recording - October 19, 2021

Recording of webinar hosted by the Re-imagining the Package of Care subgroup to share findings from a Child Health Task Force-commissioned report on operationalizing school health and nutrition investments.

English | 2021

Food for Education evidence for school feeding programs

School meals are an effective way to keep children in school and learning while there. Food for Education delivers subsidized school meals to primary schools, sourcing ingredients from local farmers and preparing meals in central kitchens to ensure all meals meet food safety standards. Schools that partner with Food for Education perform statistically better on national education exams than non-enrolled schools.

Report | English | 2021

Monitoring Adolescent School Health and Nutrition Programs and Interventions Answering The Why, What, Who, and How

This brief provides broad guidance aimed at supporting the development and implementation of monitoring mechanisms within school health and nutrition programs supported by World Bank lending.

Event Materials | English | Ghana | 2021

The Girls’ Iron Folate Tablet Supplementation (GIFTS) Program GNCP Webinar

The Global Nutrition Coordination Plan hosted a webinar to discuss the Girls Iron-Folate Tablet Supplementation (GIFTS) program impact.

English | 2021

Nutrition crisis looms as globally more than 39 billion in-school meals missed since start of COVID-19 pandemic

Press release by UNICEF and WFP from January 2021 estimating 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.

Report | English | 2021

State of School Feeding Worldwide 2020

World Food Programme (WFP) report launched in 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.

Journal Article | English | 2021

Considerations for Monitoring School Health and Nutrition Programs

Community case study published in Frontiers of Public Health on July 16, 2021.

Guide | English | 2021

Sustaining Adolescent Health Service Delivery During Prolonged School Closures: Considerations in Light of COVID-19

Factsheet developed by the Global Financing Facility providing an overview of approaches to sustain the delivery of school health and nutrition services described above and targeted to adolescents in periods of school closure, while presenting considerations for the resumption of school-based service delivery upon reopening.

English | 2021

Blog: Getting School Health Right in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Blog post by Luke Shors and Linda Schultz published in Think Global Health on September 16, 2021.

Presentation | English | 2021

Multisectoral Collaboration for School Health Presentation (Schultz & Shors) - October 19, 2021

Presentation made during the webinar hosted by the Re-imagining the Package of Care for Children subgroup on October 19, 2021 to share findings from interviews with USAID Africa Missions and other partners operationalizing school health and nutrition. The presenters were Luke Shors and Linda Schultz, consultants advising the Child Health Task Force on this work. Read the full report here.

Multisectoral Collaboration for School Health Presentation (Schultz & Shors) - October 19, 20212.98 MB
Report | English | Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia | 2021

Report: Operationalizing Health & Education Coordination

This report commissioned by the Child Health Task Force presents recommendations for operationalizing school health and education that surfaced through interviews with USAID Africa Bureau Missions. It addresses the question: How do countries, practitioners, and development partners bridge the gap between knowing 'what to do' and 'how to do it' when it comes to school health? 

Report: Operationalizing Health & Education Coordination3.58 MB
Guide | English | 2020

Guidance for COVID-19 prevention and control in schools

UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies published Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools, with a series of supplemental content with practical guidance across domains ranging from implementation to the development of child friendly materials. These resources are also available in French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Guide | English | 2020

Considerations for School-Related Public Health Measures in the Context of COVID-19

WHO, UNICEF and UNESCO have issued updated advice for policymakers and educators on running schools as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, looking at risk-based approaches for school operations, based on the level and intensity of transmission rates at lower schooling levels; age-appropriate considerations for measures such as physical distancing and masks in schools; and other measures to mitigate against COVID-19 in schools.