The School as a Platform for Addressing Health in Middle Childhood and Adolescence

Authors: Donald Bundy, Linda Schultz, Bachir Sarr, Louise Banham, Peter Colenso, Lesley Drake


Schools and the education system are an important platform for providing simple, safe, and effective health interventions to school-age children. Many of the health conditions that are most prevalent in poor school children have important effects on education - often causing absenteeism, leading to repetition or dropout and adversely effecting student learning achievement - and yet are easily preventable or treatable. With more children surviving, there are more school-age children and more children in school than at any time in history; school health interventions have the potential to play a key role in national development efforts through improving both child health and education.