New Research by Ethiopia's Enhanced School Health Initiative

Boy being tested for anaemia in Ethiopia

Initial findings on the current status of education, health and WASH facilities in 427 primary schools where Ethiopia's HGSF Programme is being implemented were presented by the Partnership for Child Development (PCD), Imperial College London at a regional meeting in Ethiopia's Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples' Region (SNNPR)

The analysis carried out in partnership with PCD and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, Imperial College London covered 5,449 of the region's school served to demonstrate the value of integrating School Health and Nutrition interventions in school feeding programmes which can significantly improve child health. 

National NTD Mapping

The results were also embedded into a national schistosomiasis and STH mapping carried out by Ethiopia's Ministry of Health. This exercise showed that 94% of the 535 surveyed districts in Ethiopia are endemic for either schistosomiasis and/or STH and only 44% of schools across the country had a water source within the school compound and only 15% of these had water connecting to the school building.

The mapping results are now being used by policy makers to inform national SHN and NTD programmes that will benefit millions of children at risk and contribute to Ethiopia’s commitment towards Education for All.

Further Information

Ethiopia’s innovative HGSF programme entitled, the "Enhanced School Health Initiative (ESHI)" is carried out in the SNNPR by integrating school feeding sourced from local farmers with SHN activities including WASH and deworming. Together PCD, WFP and SNV contribute to the programme which is funded by Dubai Cares and has been running since 2012 across 30 schools. WFP oversee the school feeding component; SCI deworm the schoolchildren; SNV provide improved school WASH services; and PCD coordinate the operational research component.

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