School Health Programs

School Health programmes are services provided through the school system to improve the health and well being of the children. These centre around early detection, correction, prevention and amelioration of disease, disability and abuse of which children can suffer from.

The concept of a health promoting school as promoted by WHO and UNESCO is useful in realizing the scope of school related health issues extending beyond the classroom. The health promoting school recognises that health is not only developed through the taught curriculum, but extends to learning in and through the school, home and community. A health promoting school aims to enable pupils, staff and the community it serves to take action for a healthier life, school and society. In action, a health promoting school has:

  • A physically and socially safe and supportive school community which reinforces and extends what is taught in the classroom
  • Links with families, community health services, media and other influential groups who also shape individual and community health.