Journal article

Supporting every school to become a foundation for healthy lives

Didier Jourdan, Nicola J Gray, Margaret M Barry, Sonja Caffe, Christophe Cornu, Fatou Diagne, Fadi El Hage, Mychelle Y Farmer, Sean Slade, Michael Marmot, Susan M Sawyer

LANCET CHILD & ADOLESCENT HEALTH | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

As a setting where children and adolescents live and learn, linked to the family and embedded within the wider community, schools have an important influence on every student's health. Many health interventions have used schools as a platform, often for standalone programmatic initiatives to reduce health risks, and sometimes for more comprehensive approaches, but the interventions, uptake, and sustainability are generally disappointing. Evidence shows that, to improve health and to reduce inequality, all students must attend school from a young age and for as long as possible, and their educational success therein must be maximised. Thus, beyond educational benefits, schools are also import..

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Funding Acknowledgements

MYF is associated with NCD Child. NCD Child is supported through grants to the Hospital for Sick Kids (SickKids, Toronto, Canada), from the AstraZeneca Young Health Program and Novo Nordisk. SickKids also provides in-kind contributions to support the NCD Child Secretariat. DJ and NJG are associated with the UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education and WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Education and Health. UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education and WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Education and Health are supported by the non-profit organisations MGEN (Mutuelle Generale de l'Education Nationale, France) and Groupe VYV (France). Universite Clermont-Auvergne (Chamalieres, France) provides in-kind contributions to support the UNESCO Chair secretariat.