A group of leading school health and nutrition experts have agreed that the internationally renowned short course in school health and nutrition will be held for the first time in Southeast Asia in November 2011.

The decision was made at a two day consultative workshop held in Bangkok by key school health, nutrition and HIV prevention (SHN) specialists from the Ministries of Education and Health in Southeast Asia.
Taking a bottom up approach, delegates were asked to identify emerging school health challenges in the region, discuss training needs at multiple levels and develop a tailor made training curriculum. The delegates also heard briefings on the Home Grown School Feeding concept, community linkages in school health and the Partnership for Child Development’s experiences of co-ordinating short courses in SHN in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tailored to meet training needs

Joining delegates from Lao, Vietnam, Myanmar and Sri Lanka for this planning exercise were SHN experts from Thailand, Japan, Singapore and the UK were present to share experiences and best practice. Taking a collaborative and participatory approach a contemporary training course in school health & nutrition, reflecting the region’s training needs, was agreed upon. The inaugural South East Asian Short Course in School Health & Nutrition will be held in Bangkok in November 2011.

Further information on this course and how to apply will be posted on this site in July 2011. Details of the 6th Annual short course in Africa will be posted on this site in the coming weeks so watch this space.