School Wide Activity

The FIT Program

Initiative Description: The intervention group consisted of children attending public elementary schools implementing the FIT programme, including daily group handwashing with soap and toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste, biannual school-based deworming; as well as the construction of group handwashing facilities.

Study Results: The FIT programme significantly contributed to the prevention of dental caries in children.

Reference: Duijster, D., Monse, B., Dimaisip-Nabuab, J., Djuharnoko, P., Heinrich-Weltzien, R., Hobdell, M., & … Benzian, H. (2017). ‘Fit for school’ – a school-based water, sanitation and hygiene programme to improve child health: Results from a longitudinal study in Cambodia, Indonesia and Lao PDR. BMC Public Health, 171-15. doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4203-1

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good