WHFP Foundation Successfully Finished Implementation of the WHO Project Phase 1

Late June 2017, WHFP Foundation summed up the results of the 1st stage of the educational component of the “Non-Communicable Diseases: Prevention and Health Promotion in Ukraine” WHO project implementation. The Project is realized by the Foundation since August 2016 and aimed at the development and implementation of the comprehensive and effective health promotion program at schools, being tested at selected pilot institutions of Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnytsia, Poltava, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv oblasts and Kyiv city.

Presentation of the Project results was performed during the Project Annual Conference on June 29-30, 2017 in the premises of Big Conference Hall of the National Academy of Sciences, with the aim to perform Project key achievements and developed instruments as well as to work out and agree Project tasks and Action Plan for the next period.

Presentations and discussion were conducted in accordance with four main thematic sessions of conference agenda, in particular:

  1. School Health Policy aimed at schoolchildren health protection and strengthening;
  2. Skill-Based Health Education;
  3. School Health Environment;
  4. School Health Services.

Besides, WHFP experts performed the following project developments to conference participants:

  • “School Health Index” – results of school health environment assessment in pilot schools;
  • implementation results of pilot schools improvement plans, developed within the Project;
  • information materials on non-communicable diseases prevention, developed for pupils and their parents;
  • training program for school nurses on non-communicable diseases prevention (necessary steps for primary prevention, risk factors for non-communicable diseases, support of pupils with chronic diseases) and the results of training course testing.

Conference second day was devoted to work in groups aimed at identifying priorities for further activities within the Project next phase.

More than 70 people participated in the conference, in particular, deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine, deputy Minister of Education and Science, senior representatives of the World Health Organization, Swiss Cooperation Office in Ukraine, other international organizations, representatives of Project partners, as well as pilot schools from Vinnytsia, Kharkiv, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava regions and Kyiv.