School health and nutrition experts alongside officials from regional governments in Southeast Asia gathered between 13-20 February for the 2nd Annual eight-day training course focused on strengthening school-based health programmes in the region.

Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Inlavanh, told the meeting participants:"It’s commonly said that healthy children will achieve good results in their studies and are more likely to succeed."

40 participants attended the course, including representatives of: World Food Programme, Save the Children, GIZ and Global Partnership for Education.

Director of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research Prof. Sir Roy Anderson opened the event last week and keynote speeches weremade by Laos Vice-ministers of Education & Health.

Key topics of the course have includedparasite control (deworming) and human resource management (teacher training). The course is due to end tomorrow, which will see delegates present country school health action plans to conclude the course.