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

Introduction:

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.