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close this bookPromoting Health Through Schools - Report of a WHO Expert Committee on Comprehensive School Health Education and Promotion (WHO, 1997, 104 p.)
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View the documentWHO Expert Committee on Comprehensive School Health Education and Promotion
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Open this folder and view contents2. Trends in school health
Open this folder and view contents3. Strengthening school health programmes at the international, national, and local levels
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The Expert Committee on Comprehensive School Health Education and Promotion gratefully recognized the contribution to its work provided by a team from the Education Development Center, Newton, MA, USA (Dr C. V. Whitman, Mr S. Cohen, and Ms D, Northrop) and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Atlanta, GA, USA (Dr L. J. Kolbe), which, in collaboration with staff of the World Health Organization, and on the basis of 34 background papers, drafted the three working papers for the meeting. Copies of the working papers, listed below, are available on request from the Division of Health Promotion, Education and Communication, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland:

The status of school health (WHO/HEP/ECCSHEP/BP/95.1); Improving school health programmes: barriers and strategies to improve school health (WHO/HEP/ECCSHEP/BP/95.2); Research to improve the implementation and effectiveness of school health programmes (WHO/HEP/ECCSHEP/BP/95.3).

The Expert Committee further recognized the importance of the work of the Core Group of the WHO Working Group on School Health, which was responsible, in conjunction with members of the Health Education and Health Promotion unit (Mr J. T. Jones, Ms H.B. Macdonald, and Dr D. J. O’Byrne), for drafting the terms of reference of and the provisional agenda for the Expert Committee. WHO staff members, and their affiliations, who served on the Core Group in Geneva, Switzerland, were as follows:

Dr M. Baldo, Global Programme on AIDS; Mrs R. Birrell-Weisen, Mental Health Promotion; Dr H. L. Friedman, Adolescent Health; Mrs Y. M. Grandbois, Office of Library and Health Literature Services; Mr H. Kolstad, Programme on Substance Abuse; Dr M. Mokbel, Food Aid Programmes; Dr K. E. Mott, Schistosomiasis Control; Dr L. Savioli, Division of Communicable Diseases; Dr M. Simpson-Hrt, Rural Environmental Health.

The Expert Committee also wished to acknowledge the expertise and experience of the many health and education professionals who wrote background papers:

AarWold B. Health behaviour in school-age children (HBSC): a WHO cross-national survey.

Allensworth D. The comprehensive school health programme: essential elements.

Birrell-Weisen R, Lee J, Pellaux D. Life-skills education as a component of a comprehensive school health programme.

Baldo M. HIV/AIDS, STD and school health.

Brellochs C. School health services in the United States: a 100-year tradition and a place for innovation.

Bundy D. School health research.

Cohen S. Injury and violence.

Collins J. School health research.

Collishaw N. Do smoking prevention programmes in schools really work?

Cross D. Health promotion for school personnel.

Ferguson J. Resourcing the future: the economics of adolescent health.

Goh EP. Programme implementation and monitoring of the Trim and Fit Programme (TAF): a case study from Singapore.

Hawes H. Comprehensive health education: the concept and its implications.

Hendren RL. Mental health.

Israel RC. Priorities for school nutrition and food service programmes in developing countries.

Kamau E. Health promotion for school personnel.

Kann L. Surveillance activities for a national school health programme.

Kolstad H. Using schools to shape communities.

Levinger B. School and community projects.

Mokbel M. School health and school feeding programmes.

Motarjemi Y, Krstein FK. Food safety in the school setting.

Mott K. History of international school health initiatives.

Normand C. Developing health promotion in schools: political, policy, and economic issues.

Nutbeam D. Tobacco use.

Orley J. Mental health.

Paulussen TGW. School health research: practices and perspectives.

Philip L. International movements, initiatives, and programmes that have provided opportunities in strengthening school health at international, regional, and local levels.

Rice M. Reproductive health within the school setting.

Rosenburg M. Health promotion for school personnel.

Rowling L. A supportive school environment for meeting the psychosocial needs of young people.

Simpson-Hrt M. Healthy school environments: water supply, sanitation, and hygiene education.

Smith P. The role of nursing personnel in comprehensive school health programmes.

Williams JH. Health promotion for school personnel.

Ziglio E, Rivett D, Rasmussen VB. The European Network of Health Promoting Schools: managing innovation and change.

The Expert Committee further acknowledged the contribution of the following WHO staff members who assisted in preparations for the meeting:

Dr M. AI-Khateeb, Regional Adviser in Health Education, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Alexandria, Egypt; Dr M. A. C. Dowling, Division of Intensified Cooperation with Countries, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland; Dr T. K. Ng, Health Education and Health Promotion, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland; Mr L. Sanwogou, Regional Adviser in Health Education, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo; Dr S.-H. Yu, Health Education and Health Promotion, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland.

Finally, the Expert Committee wished to express its special thanks and gratitude to Dr D. A. P. Bundy, University of Oxford, Oxford. England, who made important contributions to the work of the meeting.