DepEd health initiative for schoolchildren bags international award

The Department of Education’s health initiative, the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP), has been recognized as one of the world’s best practices in primary health care among school children.

The award was bestowed by the Global South-South Development Expo, a United Nations-wide annual event.

The EHCP combines high impact and evidence-based interventions in a simple and cost effective package to improve health and development of primary school children.

EHCP seeks to reduce the incidence of diarrhea by 30-40%, bring down respiratory infections by 20-30%, and cut worm infections by 50%. This program is expected to increase school attendance by 20% and improve academic performance. (DepEd)

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