World health report

Executive summary

Health of adolescents and school-age children

WHO developed its life skills education project, which assists education authorities to introduce problem-solving, communication and interaction skills into school curricula. In 1996, teachers' unions in 18 Latin American countries benefited from programmes for the training of trainers based on the WHO/UNESCO resource package School health education to prevent AIDS and STDs.

In 1996 WHO signed a memorandum of understanding with UNESCO and the International Society and Federation of Cardiology to establish a joint prevention and health promotion project on the subject of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. WHO and AGFUND supported an intensified programme on the prevention and control of these conditions in China, the Philippines, Tonga and Viet Nam.

A school feeding manual on health and nutrition was completed, providing guidance on the design and implementation of school feeding programmes; it sets out nutritional principles for establishing food requirements in schools and for undertaking other school-based health-related activities.