Healthy Schools for Healthy Communities is the third community-based innovative incubator model for hypertension. The project aims to address poor health in disadvantaged schools in South Africa and is the first Novartis Foundation program to include the education sector, bringing new opportunities for achieving impact.
Following the successful first stage of the Disease, Activity and Schoolchildren’s Health (DASH) research project, coordinated by the University of Basel in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, this second phase builds on learnings to further develop and scale successful interventions to more schools in the country, and potentially across other geographies in the future.
The goal of Healthy Schools for Healthy Communities (known locally as ‘KaziBantu’) is to improve the overall and cardiovascular health of schoolchildren and their teachers. Its focus will be on promoting health literacy, ensuring a formalized physical exercise program, providing access to medical examinations including anti-helminthic treatment, monitoring cardiovascular risk factors and providing nutritional supplementation where necessary.
As its first program to include the education sector, Healthy Schools for Healthy Communities marks an important next step in the Novartis Foundation’s multisector approach to addressing hypertension.
Our partners include the University of Basel, the Government of South Africa, the Nelson Mandela University, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH).