Improving children's health.
Our school health programs demonstrably improve the health and learning of students.
By the numbers
REDUCTION IN STUDENT MORBIDITY
INCREASE IN VITAMIN A AND DEWORMING COVERAGE
REDUCTION IN ODDS OF STUNTING
INCREASE IN STUDENT KNOWLEDGE OF HEALTH TOPICS
Harvard Impact Study
A controlled impact study by our partners at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found our programs significantly increased student’s knowledge on health, improved access to and utilization of healthcare, increased student’s trust in their teachers and local health facility, and ultimately reduced the burden of disease.
The study found our programs led to a 38% reduction in disease morbidity, a 22% increase in health knowledge, a 48% increase in coverage of deworming and vitamin A supplementation, and a 52% decrease in the odds of a child being stunted.
These meaningful improvements mean the model creates a significant impact on children's health outcomes.
A rise in student attendance and teacher pride
Partner health centers have reported an increase in visits by school children. We have seen a significant decrease in endemic infections, exemplified by a 60% reduction in the rate of schistosomiasis in the Ng'ombe Township.
Nearly all of our partner schools have reported a decrease in absenteeism. Qualitative interviews have shown that the School Health Workers enjoy increased social status and express a sense of empowerment that extends to all aspects of their roles as educators.
STUDENT POPULATION SERVED
GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS SERVED
of public schools in Lusaka
ACTIVE SCHOOL HEALTH WORKERS
Words from Teachers
“The school health program is going on very well and has helped the learners to access medical services. Previously, when learners fell sick at school, they were sent home. Now, with the establishment of the health room and school health teacher training, children get quick help from the health facility. This has helped the learners regularly attend school, and as such, we have experienced a reduction in absenteeism. This is good for our school.”
Pauline Ngalande, School Health Worker