School Health and Nutrition in Developing Countries

Water No Longer Making Children Sick

Amid Name. Photo Credit: Anna Kari

Across the developing world, millions of school-age children are affected by serious — yet easily treatable and preventable — illnesses, which inhibit their ability to learn.

Healthier children stay in school longer, attend more regularly, learn more and become healthier and more productive adults.

Save the Children is a global leader in the field of School Health and Nutrition (SHN) with programs reaching 2 million children in 20 countries across all global regions.

A group of young boys wash their hands at a school-based program in Bangladesh. Photo credit: Jeff Holt

School Health and Nutrition programs are cost-effective and complementary to Save the Children’s Early Childhood Development and Basic Education efforts, helping children, especially girls, be healthy to learn and learn to be healthy.

By addressing girls' special health needs, including treatment of anemia, providing sanitary facilities and water in schools, we are reducing their barriers to learning and increasing their chances to succeed and stay in school.

What do our programs do?

  • Increase health and nutrition services at schools including: deworming, micronutrient supplementation,control of malaria, as well as vision and hearing screening.
  • Increase access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools.
  • Promote lifelong health behaviors through skills-based health education, including HIV/AIDS prevention.
  • Ensure basic health-related school policies and support from individual schools and communities to the national level.

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Last Updated September 2013

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