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  1. WASH in schools: three star approach

    Healthy learners are better learners. The foundations of health should be laid down in every school – among which are water, sanitation and hygiene or WASH. Addressing WASH in Schools prevents the most common illnesses among school-age children, develops positive behavior and life skills and helps them to learn better and thrive – ultimately affirming their right to health and education. This is the rationale behind the Department of Education WinS Policy and Guidelines (DepEd Order No. 10, s. …

  2. Snapshot of WASH in schools in Eastern and Southern Africa: A review of data, evidence and inequities in the region

    This snapshot report provides an overview of the data available in the region to guide the WASH in schools sub-sector back on track in Eastern and Southern Africa. The report outlines the current coverage of WASH in Schools for each country in the region, as well as provides a baseline for tracking national policy environments to encourage working at scale.

  3. Reducing transmission of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in school settings: A framework for national and local planning and response

    Experience with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in many countries has demonstrated the importance in some communities of schools in amplifying transmission of the pandemic virus – both within schools and the wider community. Transmission of epidemic seasonal influenza in school settings is well documented and can be explosive and fast moving, affecting a sizeable proportion of students and staff. Infection within schools is of considerable concern to parents as well as decision makers. A variety of options for reducing infection within schools are available and discussed in this document. …

  4. New directions for assessing menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in schools: A bottom-up approach to measuring program success

    This dispatch aims to share lessons learned from the process of developing instruments to measure school participation, stress, and self-efficacy – outcomes that qualitatively link to girls’ experiences managing menstruation in school.

  5. Guidelines on prevention of communicable diseases in schools / kindergartens / kindergartens-cum-child care centres / child care centres

    Effective prevention of communicable diseases in schools/centres not only safeguard the health of children and staff by minimising the harm caused by the diseases, but also ensure a delightful learning environment to support the healthy development of children. It is incumbent on every school/centre staff to learn how to prevent communicable diseases. We intend to provide some practical information on infection prevention measures in this set of guidelines for those working in schools/centres. …

  6. Scaling up group handwashing in schools: Compendium of group washing facilities across the globe

    This publication is a collection of exemplary designs for group washing facilities. It is intended as an introduction to the topic and the concept of group handwashing, as well as the principles and the basic requirements for facilities. It is not a detailed step-by-step guide on how to plan or construct facilities. Rather it is intended as an inspiration and motivation for school communities to construct and use group washing facilities in schools and to present possible designs for different settings and contexts. …

  7. Knowledge map: WASH in schools and Coronavirus

    The WASH in Schools Network (UNICEF, GIZ, Save the Children, WATERAID; Emory, LSHTM, among others) has compiled this knowledge map with links to relevant materials about COVID-19 for learners, their families and the education system. The map is intended for the time when schools are closed and in preparation for re-opening of schools. We want to help you navigate through the jungle of information about COVID-19,specifically its relevance for the school community. …

  8. Water, sanitation, and primary school attendance: a multi-level assessment of determinants of household-reported absence in Kenya

    This cross-sectional analysis examined the influence of school and household water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) conditions on recent primary school absence in light of other individual, household, and school characteristics in western Kenya. School latrine cleanliness was the only school WASH factor associated with reduced odds of absence. The marginal effect of household characteristics, such as distance to water source, child involvement in water collection, and presence of a latrine, differed by gender. …

  9. Operational guidelines on School Health Programme under Ayushman Bharat: Health and Wellness Ambassadors partnering to build a stronger future

    The School Health Programme under AYUSHMAN BHARAT is a joint collaborative programme between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource & Development. This initiative is targeting both Education and Health implementers and is envisaged to facilitate an integrated approach to health programming and more effective learning at the school level. …

  10. WASH in schools: call to action

    Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools in Vanuatu has the opportunity to improve children’s health, increase attendance and performance at school and address gender and social inequalities. The WASH in Schools - Call to Action workshop presented a snapshot of WASH in Schools in Vanuatu, investigated the road to improvement and was the first step in engaging relevant stakeholders through a Call to Action. …

  11. WASH handbook for teachers and facilitators

    This handbook is invented by COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale to provide teachers and facilitators basic information and guidance about wash facilities in secondary schools which based in Qayyarah sub-district.It aims to support the provision of safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities, and promotes lifelong health for students and their families. Ensuring access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in every school for every student can be a huge challenge, especially during emergencies. …

  12. Better education outcomes through school health

    The Global Partnership for Education supports country-level efforts for equity and quality in education through school health activities.

  13. Menstruation: Breaking the silence, taking action

    In 2014, the United Nations declared May 28 of every year as Menstrual Hygiene Day in recognition of the woes girls and women experience during menstruation. This was a reaffirmation of the world’s commitment to create more befitting living conditions for girls and women. Uganda commemorated the first Menstrual Hygiene Day in 2014 and in August of the same year held the first International Menstrual Hygiene Management Conference, here in Kampala. …

  14. Drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools: global baseline report 2018

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are responsible for monitoring global progress towards water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets. The global effort to achieve sanitation and water for all by 2030 is extending beyond the household to include institutional settings, such as schools, healthcare facilities and workplaces. This joint report is the first comprehensive global assessment of WASH in schools and establishes a baseline for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) period.

  15. Teachers’ handbook for inclusive school health and nutrition

    This manual is intended as a teacher’s handbook for understanding and delivering integrated school health and nutrition (SHN) interventions. The manual provides materials for classroom-oriented activities aimed at teaching children how to lead healthy lives. It is divided into two parts, the first part introduces SHN to the reader and proffers suggestions of how create an equitable school environment. In the second part, SHN interventions on specific topics (deworming and vision screening) are included as individual modules with guidelines on implementation in schools. …

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