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Health and education are symbiotic. What affects one affects the other. The healthy child learns better just as the educated child leads a healthier life. Similarly, a healthier environment—physically as well as socially-emotionally—provides for more effective teaching and learning. This statement is an invitation to the health sector to start a dialogue and take subsequent action as part of an overall multisector approach.
The intent of the document is to provide a fundamental outline of the major issues relating to HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the school environment, including educational efforts and policy principles.