The Healthy Schools Program is a crucial, hands-on, much-needed health program to benefit elementary school children. Through Healthy Schools, children with little or no access to medical care receive a six-part health support package designed to help them grow and thrive.
The program includes a physical exam, oral exam, growth chart check, vitamins, medication for the treatment of parasites, fluoride treatments and a healthy daily food serving. Mothers of students prepare the daily serving and participate in a recipe-training program to learn preparation of nutritious foods.
The Healthy Schools Program improves students’ health and development, reduces absenteeism, and abates the hunger of children who walk long distances to school and often have an insufficient diet. A Predisan health promoter (public health worker) oversees and coordinates Predisan’s work within the program.
Children in the Healthy Schools program are also taught how to garden, reforestation techniques, volunteerism and leadership skills.
The objectives of the program are driven by Predisan’s objectives in healthcare, spiritual development and community development goals.