Health Academy courses have been used in six countries in three regions and is expanding to promote healthy behaviour, and transform the learning experience about health.
More than 1600 students from 10 senior secondary schools participated in the pilot phase of the Health Academy and completed four courses: Healthy Mind Healthy Body (substance use), Safer Food for Better Health (food safety), Staying Fit (physical activity), All the Way to the Blood Bank (blood safety and HIV/AIDS) and Mind the Bite (malaria).
After successful evaluationl of the pilot, a multi-stakeholder committee was formed to oversee the expansion of the programme to include an additional 29 new secondary schools. Throughout the implementation period, over 35,000 students participated in taking the selected courses. A series of national-wide health promotion activities have been formed as the result of implementing the Health Academy programme.
More than 1100 students from 12 schools (six at junior high and six at senior high school level) in six regions of the country participated in the pilot implementation in the 2007-2008 academic year. Students completed four courses: All the Way to the Blood Bank (blood safety and HIV/AIDS), Staying Fit (physical activity), Safer Food for Better Health (food safety) and Safely on our Way (road safety).
After successful evaluation of the pilot, the Health Academy programme was expanded to 150 schools (public and private basic primary, junior high and high schools) across the country. In 2011 more than 1,800,000 students participated in taking the selected Health Academy courses.
In 2004, more than 2633 students from 21 schools across the country participated in the pilot implementation of the Health Academy.
Students completed two courses, All the Way to the Blood Bank (HIV/AIDS and blood safety) and Fighting for Our Lives (tobacco use). Courses were prepared in English and translated into Arabic for cultural acceptability.
After completing All the way to the Blood Bank, students said they were more willing to discuss HIV/AIDS with friends, parents and siblings. Fighting for Our Lives also had a significant effect on students' views. Students who took the course reported that they preferred being in non-smoking venues and associating with non-smokers.
As resources have become available, Jordan has expanded the Health Academy into more schools.
In 2004, 4152 students from 25 schools in and around greater Cairo participated in the Health Academy pilot programme. Students were given two Health Academy eLearning courses: Fighting for Our Lives (tobacco use) and Safely on our Way (road safety). Courses were prepared in English, and translated into Arabic.
The Health Academy was introduced in the 2007-2008 academic year. Courses on tobacco use (Fighting for Our Lives) and physical activity (Staying Fit) were given to some 2100 students in 36 public, private and United Nation Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) schools.
As a result of the successful implementation, the programme was extended to 58 schools during the following year. Using information gained from the evaluation questionnaires, the course on physical activity (Staying Fit) was retained in all schools for those aged 12-14, as well as the course on blood safety and HIV/AIDS (All the Way to the Blood Bank), which was introduced at the secondary level (15-17 years).
In the 2008-2009 academic year, 1170 students from eight secondary schools in malaria-endemic areas in the Southern Luzon region participated in the eLearning programme on malaria (Mind the Bite). The schools were part of the iSchools Project of the Department of Education and National Commission on Information, Communications and Technology of the Philippines.
The Philippines has requested development of the eLearning course on dengue as part of its school health promotion.
New pilot programmes
The Solomon Islands and Albania are implementing the Health Academy programme in 2012-2013.