SCALABLE HEALTH MODEL
Reaching all of Zambia and beyond
Starting in Zambia, we are building a model for how to improve the health of school children throughout low and middle-income countries.
AN AFFORDABLE, SIMPLE, AND EFFECTIVE MODEL
We are supporting the Zambian government to build a national school health program.
The growth we have achieved would be unimaginable without our close working relationships with the Zambian Ministries of Health and Education. These partnerships were reflected in the adoption of our model as policy and the signature of an agreement to scale the program nationally over the next three years.
The model is integrated into the structures and systems of the Government and leverages existing personnel, making it highly efficient to scale and sustain. The Ministry of Education has established a new department for School Health and Nutrition, which is the Government’s vehicle to scale and sustain our work.
Teachers drive the success of our programs, allowing the students and parents to see the results as coming from within their own communities. It is an effort that is community-driven and community-owned.
The program involves all members of local communities, including school administrators, teachers, parents, local clinic staff, and community leaders. This contributes to the visibility and understanding of the program, strengthens community linkages, and generates trust from local communities to support the health, learning, and welfare of school children.
Quickly visible results
Many of the treatments, health interventions, and preventive care efforts have an immediate impact on the health of students and school absenteeism. This is observed by our teachers and school officials as they frequently share their success stories with other schools and communities.
Our model is inexpensive
Our model has an annual ongoing cost of less than $1.75 per child, equal to just ~1% of Zambia’s expenditure on education for primary school children. And that cost has lowered with each new community we’ve entered. The model is a cheap, simple, and effective way for governments to improve the health of children.
public primary schools
School Health Workers
Reaching every student
Having spent the past five years developing, evaluating, and refining our model, we have now signed a MoU with the Zambian Government to scale the model across the country. Our ultimate goal is for Zambia to serve as a model for how governments throughout the region can improve the health and well-being of school-aged children.