Standardization of School Health Policies in India

HEAL in association with Vision Mission Foundation is organising conference focusing on child health.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 16:57 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In India, there is a lack of standardization as far as school health policies are concerned. Not enough attention is given to nutrition and physical and mental health of children. At the policy level we also need to emphasize on small interventions like personal hygiene, cleanliness, and hand washing, which can help counter infectious diseases in the long run. And that’s what HEAL & vision mission foundation plan to do.

HEAL in association with Vision Mission Foundation is organising a conference focusing on both scientific and social aspects of child health. To be held on Sunday, Nov14, 2010 (on the occasion of children’s day and world diabetes day) at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, the conference has been christened Lifebuoy Child Health Congress (CHC)-2010.

Dr. Sanjeev Bagai , CEO, Batra Hospital and Research Centre and Chairman, organizing committee, Lifebuoy Child Health Congress, 2010, said “Developing and implementing effective guidelines for school administrators / educators is necessary to assist them in having definite school health policies. It is mandatory to ensure that school health programmes are based on formally assessed and evidence based practice. And that’s what the aim of Lifebuoy Child Health Congress is`.

“The speakers will present case studies, trends and successful models in health education, school safety and other related issues at the congress. They will also interact with school administrators, principals, and teachers”, said Rashi Singhal, founder Vision Mission Foundation and Vice - Chairperson, organizing committee, Lifebuoy Child Health Congress, 2010.

Dr. Bhavna Barmi , Senior clinical psychologist at the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre and Principal advisor Lifebuoy Child Health Congress said, “Obesity is a growing concern today, however the real cause needs to be understood. One of the scientifically designed programme that uses nutrition in an active manner is called GET ACTIVE. It is a programme pioneered by Swashrit Society (a national NGO) and supported by an educational grant by PepsiCo India”.

Agrees Dr. S. K. Wangnoo , Senior Consultant Endocrinology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi and Principal Advisor, Lifebuoy CHC, 2010,”There is a great need to address health issues at the school level. After all children spend a lot of time in their schools and making effective school heath interventions is bound to benefit them immensely.`

The urgent need for health interventions at the school level has been brought out by a survey conducted in a few schools of Delhi & NCR.
“Incorporating specific interventions in school health policies must not only be related to nutrition and exercise but must also be aimed at containing the spread of infectious diseases. This can be achieved by emphasizing on elementary measures like personal hygiene, cleanliness and hand washing”, said Dr. C.S.Pandav, Head, Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi.

It is expected that this conference will witness participation from close to 2000 delegates, representing different spheres of healthcare and allied industries. Lifebuoy Child Health Congress would also be an attempt to come up with suggestive health modules to bring child health care in India a notch up. This concept is in alignment with the objective of promoting good nutrition and active lifestyle to create a tomorrow better than today.

Swadeep Srivastava , Principal Consultant HEAL Foundation and Executive President, organizing committee, Lifebuoy CHC 2010, said “Lifebuoy Child Health Congress will introduce unique interactive school health programmes that engage teachers, principals, parenting groups, school counsellors, fitness experts etc. As far as standardization of school health policies in the country is concerned Lifebuoy Child Health Congress 2010 plans to set the ball rolling”.