School and youth health


WHO calls upon governments, nongovernmental organizations, and other public and private sector agencies to help schools become Health-Promoting Schools. By doing so, such agencies will help schools implement health promotion and prevention strategies that are integrated and complementary. They will help schools minimize competition for time and attention between issues such as active living, life skills, tobacco use prevention and HIV/AIDS/STD education. They will help schools recognize and address the important relationships between many such issues. They will also help schools design and implement actions that are likely to achieve the most significant long- and short-term health and education gains.

School health, child and adolescent health promotion in WHO regions

Other partners

  • Education International (EI)
    Education International provides fast, expert, personal service for the evaluation of educational credentials from other countries in terms of education at accredited institutions in the United States.
  • Focusing Resources on Effective School Health (FRESH)
    FRESH is an intersectoral partnership that highlights the importance of school health for the achievement of the global goals e.g., Education for All and provides the context for developing effective school health programmes.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
    The Food and Agriculture Organization's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations.
  • International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Cresent Societies (IFRC)
    The International Federation exists to improve the situation of the world's most vulnerable people. It provides assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
    UNICEF advocates and works for the protection of children's rights, to help the young meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    UNESCO aims to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
    UNFPA extends assistance to developing countries, countries with economies in transition and other countries at their request to help them address reproductive health and population issues, and raises awareness of these issues in all countries.
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
    UNAIDS brings together the efforts and resources of seven UN organizations to help the world prevent new HIV infections, care for those already infected, and mitigate the impact of the epidemic. Its aim is to help mount and support an expanded response – one that engages the efforts of many sectors and partners from government and civil society.
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
    UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.
  • The World Bank
    The World Bank's purpose is to help borrowers reduce poverty and improve living standards through sustainable growth and investment in people.



Shanghai Declaration

The Shanghai Declaration on Health Promotion has been endorsed by the participants of the conference.

Contact information

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