School and youth health

WHO Information Series on School Health

The documents on this page are listed alphabetically by title.

Creating an environment for emotional and social well-being: an important responsibility of a health-promoting and child friendly school

The organizations publishing this document offer this publication as a useful tool to help shape a healthy, safe and friendly environment for all who live, learn and work in schools. This document is available in the following languages:

Family life, reproductive health, and population education: key elements of a health-promoting school

The purpose of this document is to strengthen efforts to educate young people about family life, reproductive health, and population issues and to prevent related health problems, such as unintended and early pregnancies, HIV/STI, and sexual violence.

Healthy nutrition: an essential element of a health-promoting school

This document reveals how nutrition interventions in schools benefit the entire community, and how healthy eating contributes to decreasing the risks of today's leading health problems. This document is available in the following languages:

Improving health through schools: national and international strategies

This document includes a chapter on national strategies in the ten most populous countries and a chapter on collaborative efforts to strengthen school health promotion in countries with large school-age populations.

Local Action: Creating Health-Promoting Schools

This document will assist school and community leaders in efforts that promote the health of young people through schools. It provides practical guidance, tools and descriptions of and tips from Health-Promoting Schools around the world. This document is available in the following languages:

Malaria Prevention and Control: An important responsibility of a Health-Promoting School

This document is part of the WHO Information Series on School Health prepared for WHO's Global School Health Initiative and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. Its purpose is to strengthen efforts within the whole school community in favour of malaria prevention and control. This document was released on the occasion of the first World Malaria Day, April 25, 2008.

Oral health promotion through schools

This document, part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Information Series on School Health, is intended to help people use health promotion strategies to improve oral health.

Preventing HIV/AIDS/STDs and related discrimination: an important responsibility of health-promoting schools

This document exhibits that HIV prevention programmes are effective in reducing the risk of HIV infection among young people. It explains why schools must accept the responsibility to educate their community members and work with them to determine the most appropriate and effective ways to prevent HIV infection among young people.

Promoting physical activity in schools: an important element of a health-promoting school

This document is part of the WHO Information Series on School Health prepared for WHO’s Global School Health Initiative and the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health. Its purpose is to strengthen efforts to educate young people about the benefits of physical activity and to help schools provide opportunities for students and school personnel to be physically active. It is published in support of an international partnership that is Focusing Resources on Effective School Health.

Skills-based health education and life skills

The purpose of this document is to define key concepts and explain how skills-based health education, including life skills, fits into the broader context of what schools can do to improve education and health. This document is available in the following languages:

Strengthening interventions to reduce helminth infections: an entry point for the development of health-promoting schools

Research and case studies have proven that schools are a remarkably efficient means to prevent and reduce helminth (worm) infections. This document shows how helminth reduction interventions can have a positive impact on children's health, learning potential and school attendance.

Sun protection: an essential element of a health promoting school

This document is intended to help schools use health promotion strategies to reduce the incidence of harmful effects from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Teacher's exercise book for HIV prevention

This manual provides resources (including fact sheets and accurate information and data about HIV and STIs) and examples of interactive skill-building activities. This document is available in the following languages:

The physical school environment: an essential component of a health-promoting school

This document discusses a range of environmental conditions that exist in a variety of school environments. It presents strategies to improve the health, education and development of children, families, and community members and aims to help communities recognize, manage, and avoid physical, chemical and biological threats that may exist in or near their schools.

Tobacco use prevention: an important entry point for the development of a health-promoting school

This paper demonstrates that tobacco use prevention programmes have a positive impact on the health of children and adolescents and that comprehensive tobacco use prevention programmes in schools work and effectively reduce tobacco consumption.

Violence prevention: an important element of a health-promoting school

This document explains how violence affects the well being and learning potential of millions of children around the world. It provides interventions that can reduce violence through schools.

WHO's Global School Health Initiative: health-promoting schools

This document provides an overview of WHO's Global School Health Initiative.

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Teacher training programme to prevent HIV infection and related discrimination through schools

Why is it unique and distinct from many other HIV/AIDS related efforts?

Events

International Walk to School Week

October 3-7, 2005

Assessment and monitoring

Global school-based student health survey (GSHS)

More information

A collaborative surveillance project designed to help countries measure and assess the behavioural risk factors and protective factors in 10 key areas among young people aged 13 to 15.