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WHO School Health Technical Meeting “Global Health Initiatives: Achieving Health and Education Outcomes”
From November 23 to 25, 2015 with administrative support from Hanae Henzan and Kethsana Kanyasan, Professor Jun Kobayashi, a director of the Japan Consortium for Global School Health Research and WHO technical expert, participated in the WHO School Health Technical Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand. On the second day, Professor Kobayashi gave a lecture entitled “Barriers to and Opportunities for Building Institutional Capacity to Promote Health in Schools in Low and Middle Income Countries.” A proposal was presented based on the matters agreed to during discussions on the third day.
Over 50 people gathered for this meeting, among which were school health professionals, government officials responsible for health or education, global NGOs (PCD, Save the Children, etc.) and others hailing from countries around the world (approx. 30). The meeting proceeded with lectures, presentations and discussions regarding lessons learnt from school health activities and how to scale up and maximize opportunities for school health on the first day, how to address current barriers and situations in each country/region on the second day, and responding to emerging health and educational issues on the third day. Over the course of the meeting, experts gave presentations and roundtable discussions were held in which the participants divided into four groups to discuss school health plans suited to the situation in each country or region, while building awareness with each other of common issues in school health globally.