About Healthy Learners
Using schools to improve children's health
School-aged children in low and middle-income countries remain highly exposed to a number of illnesses, including malaria, respiratory infections, worm infestation and diarrheal diseases. These conditions negatively impact their development and contribute to school absenteeism and poor academic performance.
Our integrated school health model targets this vulnerable population with high impact interventions in a convenient location - their schools, whose personnel can monitor them daily and are more likely to engender the trust of children and their families—their teachers.
We use data to guide our programs, support our local partners, and measure our impact. Data collected daily by our trained teachers enables us to monitor and quickly respond to disease trends across schools and communities.
Having spent the past five years developing, evaluating and refining our model across 86 schools serving more than 90,000 students, we are now working with the Zambian Ministries of Health and Education to scale the model into a national school health program. Our goal is for Zambia to serve as a model for how governments throughout the region can improve student health.