School Wide Activity

Initiative Description: Study has three experimental groups: group 1—daily handwashing with soap, daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, biannual deworming with 400 mg albendazole (Essential Health Care Program [EHCP]); group 2—EHCP plus twice-a-year access to school-based Oral Urgent Treatment; group 3—EHCP plus weekly toothbrushing with high-fluoride concentration gel.

Study Results: Reduction in dental caries and infections and decreased soil transmitted infections.

Reference: Monse, B., Benzian, H., Naliponguit, E., Belizario Jr., V., Schratz, A., & van Palenstein Helderman, W. (2013). The Fit for School health outcome study – a longitudinal survey to assess health impacts of an integrated school health programme in the Philippines. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-10. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-256

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good