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Integrated School Health Programme

16 Sep 2020

The Departments of Basic Education and Health jointly implemented the ISHP that will extend, over time, the coverage of school health services to all leaners in primary and secondary schools.

The programme offers a comprehensive and integrated package of services, including sexual and reproductive health services for older learners. The Health Services Package for the ISHP includes a large component of health education for each of the four school phases (such as how to lead a healthy lifestyle and drug and substance abuse awareness), health screening (such as screening for vision, hearing, oral health and TB) and onsite services such as deworming and immunisation). The ISHP services contribute to the health and well-being of learners by screening them for health barriers to learning.