Areas of Expertise
School Health and Nutrition in Developing Countries
AIR is actively engaged in school health and nutrition programs worldwide that promote policies to empower schools to implement skills-based health instruction at the classroom level, provide simple school-based health and nutrition services to learners (e.g., deworming), and educate learners and communities about the importance of safe water, sanitation, and the prevention of infectious diseases. Because simple health interventions and health-focused life skills promote school attendance and participation, school health programs are often designed and implemented as part of a broad systemic education reform that aims for UNESCO’s Education for All by 2015.
USAID/Zambia's CHANGES2 Program was a major education support activity in the Zambian Ministry of Education (MOE). CHANGES2 strengthened teachers’ classroom pedagogical and leadership skills with a special focus on school health and nutrition, as well as HIV and AIDS prevention and mitigation.