Presentation on theme: "NATIONAL SCHOOL HEALTH AND EDUCATION PROGRAMME (SHEP) IN GHANA"— Presentation transcript:
1 NATIONAL SCHOOL HEALTH AND EDUCATION PROGRAMME (SHEP) IN GHANA PRESENTATIONAT34TH SESSION OF THE SCNBY CYNTHIA BOSUMTWI-SAM
2 BACKGROUND OF SHEP1964-Welfare unit school meals programme initiated by Ghana Education Service.Current SHN programme initiated out of 1990 World Conference on EFA (Jomtien).Feb/March 1991-School health survey conducted in 4 regions by health education unit of the MOHA joint programme initiated by Ministry of Education Science & Sports (MoESS) and the Ministry of Health (MoH), in 1992.MoESS given the lead role; MoH provides technical support.
3 POLICY GOALSTwo out of Ten Policy Goals for Education Delivery in Ghana:“Promote and inculcate the values of good health and environmental sanitation in schools and institutions of higher learning” (Goal 4)“Identify and promote educational programmes that will assist in the prevention and management of HIV/AIDS” (Goal 9)
4 VISION OF SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION A well informed healthy school population equipped with life skills, to maintain healthy behaviour.
5 COMPONENT AREAS Skills-based health education Beneficiaries acquire knowledge and skills, through curricular and co-curricular activities to make informed choices for healthy living.School health servicesHealth personnel, teachers and other stakeholders provide screening, deworming, counseling etc services
6 COMPONENT AREAS CONT’D Food and NutritionPromotion of the use of iodised salt in schoolsTraining for school food vendors in food hygiene and nutrition
7 COMPONENT AREAS CONT’D Water, Sanitation and environmentProvision of potable water and water harvesting facilities, institutional latrines/toilets and hand washing facilities for schools.HIV/AIDS Preventive EducationTargeting teachers, students and school community members (Parents and School Management Ctee members)School Health Policy
8 SCHOOL FEEDING PROGS. Two types of School Feeding Progs: a) Take home ration for girls in schools in deprived communities in the three regions.Provision of one hot nutritious meal to primary school children using locally grown foodstuffs (Ghana School Feeding Programme GSFP).
9 SCHOOL FEEDING PROGS. CONT’D Objectives of GSFP:-feed all primary school chn-increase sch attendance and performance-increase food production and demandCoverage:-Pilot in 10 schools (3,000 pupils) nationwide in-Currently 200 schools (63,000 pupils) being fed.
10 COLLABORATORS Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies Parent Teacher Associations / School Management CommitteesDevelopment Partners –UNICEF, WHO, Danida, JICA, etcNon Governmental Organisations, Community Based Organisations, Faith Based Organisations etc
11 SHEP NATIONAL LEVEL LINKAGES Development PartnersDANIDA, UNICEF, JICA,, WHO,WFP etcMOH – NutritionReproductive & Child Health, School Health, Health Promotion,Disease Control,Eye Care etcMLGRDPolicy Planning & Management UnitMoESSSHEPNarcotics Control BoardRoad Safety CommissionRed Cross SocietyMWRW&HCWSANGOsCONIWAS, WVI, Plan Ghana etc.
12 NATIONAL COLLABORATION - HOW? (NATIONAL DEWORMING PROG.) GHS strategy to control anaemia in school age children; GES Operational Plan strategy.Target of 1st round: to deworm 4.5 million public basic school children.The 2 ministries set up a Task force to:- Identify responsibilities of stakeholders- develop materials- pilot deworming/baseline survey- train trainers and teachers- develop media strategy
13 LINKAGES WITH HIV/AIDS SECRETARIAT OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION SCIENCE AND SPORTS Minister of Education,Sc & SportsChief DirectorHIV/AIDS Secretariat17 Agencies (GES, WAEC, NFED,etc)SHEP
14 DISTRICT LEVEL LINKAGES GES SHEPCoordinatorDISTRICT ASSEMBLYDistrict Water & Sanitation TeamEnvironmental Health AssistantsHIV/AIDS Focal PersonGHSDISTRICT HEALTH MGT.TEAMCommunity Health NurseNGOs
15 Head teacher, School-based Health Coordinator, Pupils Reps SCHOOL LEVEL LINKAGESSchool Health CommitteeHead teacher, School-based Health Coordinator, Pupils RepsCommunity RepPTAFood VendorsSMCHealthWorker
16 CHALLENGESince there are so many players involved at the various levels, there is the need for efficient coordination.