On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has fostered the Fit for School Approach in the Philippines since 2008 by supporting the Department of Education to implement the Essential Health Care Programme (EHCP), which delivers these interventions to public elementary schools.
Due to the high demand from other Southeast Asian governments, GIZ was commissioned by BMZ to implement the Regional Fit for School Programme. The Programme was launched in 2011 in partnership with the Southeast Asian Ministries of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and its Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH). The Programme supported the adaptation of the Fit for School Approach to three new countries – Cambodia, Lao PDR and Indonesia – through the development of replicable implementation models and guidelines. As the models have been integrated into WASH programmes in Schools, GIZ now supports government-led scale-up in the respective partner countries.