Action - GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) School Feeding Programme in Poverty-Prone Areas - School feeding programmes - School age children (SAC)

Programme: GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) School Feeding Programme in Poverty-Prone Areas

Programme description

These programmes and actions were reported by countries for the 2nd WHO Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017 module on actions related to school health and nutrition programmes. Programme objectives: educate children and improve knowledge about healthy diet and lifestyle habits; improve school enrolment; improve school attendance; tackle health inequalities; reduce food insecurity and hunger. Components of the school health and nutrition programme include: training of school staff on nutrition; standards or rules for foods and beverages available in schools; hygienic cooking facilities and clean eating environment in schools; provision of school meals/school feeding programme; deworming; nutrition education included in school curriculum; extracurricular nutrition education; safe drinking water available free of charge; adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools; school gardens.

Programme type


WHO (2018) Global Nutrition Policy Review. Country progress in creating enabling policy environments for promoting healthy diets and nutrition

The Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016–2017 is the report of the second comprehensive analysis of nutrition-related policy environment, coordination mechanisms, available capacities and actions being taken in 176 Member States (91%) and one area which responded to the survey carried out between July 2016 and December 2017.

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School age children (SAC)
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School feeding (SF) areas are selected based upon two major criteria: (i) High incidence of poverty and (ii) low primary education completion rates. Once Upazilas are selected for SF assistance, WFP covers all formal (GoB) and Non-formal (NGO-run) primary schools of that upazilas. We use blanket coverage approach. But the GoB SF programme covers only GoB primary schools. Menus are decided according to minimum levels of specific nutrients (e.g. certain vitamins and minerals). At the regional or national level, menus are decided by a nutritionist. Food is procured internationally.

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