How EFA FTI Supports School Health and Nutrition Programming

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How Education For All – Fast Track Initiative Supports School Health and Nutrition Programming in FTI Partner Countries Bob Prouty Head, EFA - FTI Secretariat March 2011

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Why does EFA – FTI support School Health and Nutrition in FTI partner countries?

Top 11 Reasons FTI Supports School Health and Nutrition:

Top 11 Reasons FTI Supports School Health and Nutrition A child who is sick or hungry will not be able to complete a basic education of good quality. Education and health programs work best when they work together: for example, education of the mother has a bigger impact on infant mortality than any single health intervention School Health and Nutrition programs bring greatest benefit to the hardest-to-reach children— the poor, the sick, the malnourished. Potential for huge impact--given the high prevalence of certain diseases in school aged children, the education benefit from school health and nutrition interventions can be very significant. School health and nutrition programs bring children to school, in huge numbers.

Top 11 Reasons FTI Supports School Health and Nutrition:

Top 11 Reasons FTI Supports School Health and Nutrition 6. They support school-level interventions—delivering services directly to children. They are consistent with the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm ( Primum non nocere ). Parents believe in them. Education researchers tell us to support them (they are associated with real gains in attendance and learning). 10. Economists tell us to support them(they are cost-effective). Don Bundy and Andy Tembon tell us to support them! P.S. If these aren’t enough, there are another 575 million reasons (number of children of primary school age worldwide in developing countries)

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What type of School Health and Nutrition interventions might be supported at country level (examples are not inclusive)?

School Feeding :

School Feeding An incentive to enrollment and retention. Necessary fuel to sharpen thinking and learning in class. Education returns on school feeding are highest amongst girls, so can also address gender disparity in schools.

HIV/AIDS Prevention Education:

HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Strong evidence linking school enrollment and attainment with: fewer sexual partners lower likelihood of having had sex greater likelihood of condom use. Girls who finish secondary education are less likely to be infected with HIV. Latest UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic shows: marked drop in the number of new infections globally positive behavior change around sexual behavior perhaps due to investments in prevention education?


Deworming Worldwide, 400 million children have parasitic worm infections contribute to chronic illness limit a child’s ability to think and learn School-based treatment for worms can be safely and effectively administered by teachers for only pennies per child. Supporting national deworming programs is quick win to ensure children in school have better health and, therefore, better ability to learn.

Malaria Prevention and Treatment :

Malaria Prevention and Treatment Malaria negatively impacts children’s enrollment and learning. Data show: children protected from malaria for three consecutive years had improved cognitive performance down the road effect was more pronounced for girls Providing treatment can significantly bolster children’s ability to stay in school and to learn.

Iron Supplementation:

Iron Supplementation 50% of African school children suffer from iron-deficiency anemia (IDA), which can be caused by a diet low in iron, parasitic infections like malaria and intestinal worms, or a deficiency of other micronutrients. Anemia can result in drowsiness and fatigue that impede learning. Anemia can generally be treated with iron tablets that quickly reverse effects and support learning.

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What is FTI doing to support School Health and Nutrition interventions in FTI partner countries (examples are not exhaustive)?


Liberia De-worming of 300,000 school children in eight counties. Also : training of medical laboratory technicians training of 3,000 teachers Development of training materials community outreach


Togo Preparation of plan regarding School Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS, to be prepared in line with the key strategies of the ESP and to be approved by Government and local donors.


Haiti School feeding as a response to January 2010 earthquake $4 million for school feeding targeted to 61,000 students ( out of 2.2 million total school aged children ) Also: capacity building activities for sustainability complementary activities, such as deworming and micronutrient supplementation

Lao PDR:

Lao PDR $7.2 million allocated to school feeding in pre-primary and primary education. Resources will: help scale-up existing school feeding program managed by World Food Programme help Government take on the management, financing and full oversight of the program

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What else can FTI do to support School Health and Nutrition interventions in FTI partner countries?

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EFA – FTI looking into more diverse streams of financing to support School Health and Nutrition (SHN) initiatives FTI Secretariat currently exploring 3 possible options for SHN interventions: Soft earmarking Performance-based top-up of grants Include in FTI Global and Regional Activities Work Plan

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What the critic says… I do not believe We can help every child. Give up on it now. Don’t Keep dreaming. The world has lost interest. I do not for one minute think All children can be given a chance To learn To be healthy I have the right To tell you what I believe: We can’t afford Education For All We can’t afford good health and nutrition for all children… Wouldn’t only a fool say We can Do this? We Can’t We need to look at things differently. Dreaming about EFA means believing Every poor child’s hopes and dreams…

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How does my country join the EFA – FTI partnership?

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Contact your country Coordinating Agency and discuss with Local Education Group.

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How do I find out more about EFA – FTI?

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Refer to website:

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