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About Health Promoting Schools

The purpose of the health promoting schools is to create enabling environments for future generations to gain knowledge and skills in caring and improving their health, as well as the health of theris families and communities by applying the principles of the health promotinon in settings where people learn, enjoy, live and work.

The promotion of health in school settings has a long and diverse history. Health education contents were introduced into the school curricula over time, as well as health care services such as medical examinations, with special attention to early detection of hearing and vision problems that may limit learning, updates of the immunization schedule, oral and dental care and deworming. Advances in health promotion during the 80's, were applied in certain priority settings, such as schools, municipalities and communities, and others.

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Health Promoting Schools in 1995, in line with the mechanisms for health promotion established in the Ottawa Charter in 1986.

2011 Registry of Health Promoting Initiatives in School Settings

Information from the registry helps to monitoring changes in school health programs and policies linked to various initiatives such as Health Promoting Schools, Health and Family Life Education (HFLE), Friendly and health Schools, and others. during the 2009 edition of the Health Promoting Schools Registry, information from 14 countries was reported. In 2011, information and standardized indicators are available from Argentina, Belize, Chile, costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala. Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Uruguay, Panama, Peru and Suriname.

A full report combining data fron the countries in the biannual Registry of Health Promoting Initiatives in School Settings will be made available by PAHO/WHO on this site. 

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The Concept of Good Health Promotion Practices in School Settings

The Concept of Good Health Promotion Practices in School Settings
Insittuto PROINAPSA Universidad Intenacional de Santander,  2005

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WHO's Global School Health Initiative

WHO's Global School Health Initiative
World Health Organization, 1998

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Health Promoting Schools: Strategies and Lines of Action 2003-2012

Health Promoting Schools: Strategies and Lines of Action 2003-2012
Pan American Health Organization, 2003

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