Intercountry meeting on school health in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

23–25 August 2016, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

On 23 August 2016, national coordinators in the areas of child and adolescent health (CAH) and NCDs from target countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, WHO representatives, international experts and  partners are gathering in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to address integration of health promotion and disease prevention in school health, based on WHO standards, and develop effective school health programmes with a focus on NCDs.

Objectives of the meeting

  • to introduce participants to international experience, research evidence and best practices in school health and health-promoting schools in the context of NCD prevention;
  • to share successful country experiences in health promotion in school settings;
  • to  identify and discuss major challenges as well as key actions towards establishing «every school in the country is a health promoting place» with focus on prevention of NCDs (cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases, overweight, depression, violence, substance abuse and injuries).

Expected outcomes

  • Broader overview of polices, programmes, evidence and best practices in school health and health-promoting schools in the Region
  • Profound understanding of major challenges in creating and sustaining health-promoting schools
  • Formulation of and consensus on key actions towards making all schools health-promoting institutions, primarily focusing on prevention of NCDs

Background

Risk behaviours, which present the fastest growing health issues for children and adolescents,  have long-term negative effects and increase the risks for NCDs in later life. NCD prevention therefore should play an important role at school. For many adolescents and school age children school health services (SHS) are the first and the most accessible point of contact with health services. Schools offer many opportunities for children and young people to develop a positive outlook on life and a healthy lifestyle and can contribute to improving the health and well-being of children and young people. The European Network of Health Promoting Schools was launched in 1992 and today Health Promoting Schools exist in 40 Member States of the WHO European Region.