Schools are the most important places for children to play, learn and grow and to acquire essential skills for life. Promoting healthy habits in healthy learning environments allows children to make the most out of their education through better health. Furthermore, children benefit from school health interventions regardless of their backgrounds so that existing disadvantages and inequalities are reduced and all have better chances for a healthy and productive life.

The Fit for School approach applies school-based management to implement simple evidence-based interventions addressing multiple high-impact diseases. Combined with improved access to clean water, washing facilities and appropriate sanitation, key determinants of health are addressed in a single intervention package.