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School Health Services..

An investment in our nation’s future

 

School Health Service has been a prime area of activity of IHS. Initially, due to lack of awareness, it was difficult to make the school administrators appreciate the need to adopt a school health system. We had to work hard to make  the educationists understand the importance of school health services in the overall mental & physical development of a child. Although in Pakistan school health has been a part of the government health infrastructure since 1952 but practically on ground it is still non-existent.

 

Now in school health IHS is a market leader in provision of various types of health services to the educational institutions in Pakistan. Due to our commitment and non-commercial and professional approach IHS  is the largest operator of school health in the country with over 0.8 million students enrolled so far and 223,180 current registrations (till June 2007).

 

IHS has been involved in provision of school health services across Pakistan. We believe in developing self sustainable models that can continue for a long time. We are providing school health solutions to both the private and public schools. But it has been more successful In Islamabad & Karachi than other cities. IHS has developed a comprehensive eight component model of school health that encompasses all basic health and developmental requirements of a child. Some schools (due to various constraints) have selected just a few components while others like the following schools have full fledge IHS School Health Clinics staffed with lady doctors and nurses:

  • Islamabad Convent Schools (H-8 & F-8 Campuses), Islamabad

  • City School (Margalla Campus), Islamabad

  • Sheikh Zayed International School, H-8, Islamabad

  • St. Mary's Academy, Rawalpindi

  • St. Francis High School, Rawalpindi

  • Viqar-un-Nisa Girls School, , Rawalpindi

  • St. Mary's School, Peshawar

To take the school health services to places where it is most needed - the public sector schools with poor children - recently in collaboration with organizations like Save the Children (UK) and Global Fund IHS has started a school health initiative in 11 districts of Pakistan including the following:

  • Punjab: Gujrat, Sialkot, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal & Khushab

  • Sindh: Tando Muhammad Khan & Tando Allahyar

  • Balochistan: Quetta

  • NWFP: Abbotabad, Mansehra & Balakot

  • Azad Jammu Kashmir: Muzafarabad & Bagh

 

IHS School Health Services are aimed at early detection, correction and prevention of deformities and disabilities during the growing years. Our goals are:

  • Promotion of positive health
  • Prevention of communicable diseases
  • Early diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of disease
  • Awakening health consciousness in children (The 'Child to Child' approach & capacity building of teachers and school staff), and
  • Provision of a healthy environment

IHS School Health Services include a range of interventions that can be adopted collectively or individually depending on the requirements of a particular institution. Following are the main components of IHS School Health Services: 

 

1. Periodic Medical Examinations

  • To evaluate growth and detect potential health problems at an early stage

  • Frequency: Annual or bi annual

  • Standardized history and examination formats

  • Conducted in-house at the school by IHS doctors

  • No invasive procedure involved

  • All paper work done by IHS

  • Individual health report to each student

  • Individual medical file of every student

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2. Health Education

  • To educate children on common health issues / diseases and make them the "Ambassadors of Health"

  • Lectures on many common and preventable medical problems

  • Through slide and multi media presentations

  • Group discussions

  • Distribution of awareness leaflets

  • Conducted by IHS Doctors, school teachers and students (IHS has developed training modules to train the teachers and students so that they themselves take up health education in their school and community)

  • School Health Clubs are also formed that become a base for spreading positive health messages and practices (The 'Child to Child' approach)

3. Medical Emergency Response System
  • To deal with day to day emergencies

  • Round the clock

  • On call doctors, paramedics and fully equipped ambulances

  • 24 hr. telephone medical help line

  • Coordination with local health facilities on credit basis

  • First aid & disaster management training

  • Earthquake drills

4. Vaccination Services
  • Covering all vaccine preventable diseases

  • Arrangement of vaccination at school or at specified centers outside the school

  • World Health Organization approved vaccines and regimens

  • Conducted by well-trained vaccinators

  • Issuance of Vaccination Cards and Vaccination Certificates

  • Awareness lectures and information literature on vaccine preventable diseases 

  • Regular follow-up for 2nd / 3rd dose through a tailor-made reminder software

5. First Aid Training
  • Specially designed to meet the needs and understanding of school children

  • One day 5 hour course

  • Interactive through audio visual aids

  • Certified course

  • First Aid Kits for School & Home use

  • Advanced level courses for teachers 

6. In-House School Clinic
  • Staffed with a Lady Doctor / Nurse during school hours

  • Basic medical equipment like Nebulizer, Glucometer, Oxygen, etc.

  • First dose of oral medicines for children reporting sick

  • Annual medical checkups of all students

  • Regular Health Education and Training program

  • Maintenance of Health Files of all students

  • No invasive procedure or injections are allowed except with the expressed consent of parents under special circumstances

  • On call ambulance evacuation services

  • Issuance of 'Health Cards' to all students

Complete list of the equipment & consumables present in a standard school clinic is available on request.

 

7. Health Provider Networking

  • Through the 'School Health Card'

  • Government & private health providers are put on the school health panel

  • Providers get more patients - an increased volume

  • Children & their families get discounts and priority services

  • System for health record maintenance & follow up

8. Teachers Capacity Building

  • Through specially developed 'Teachers Health Capacity Building Manuals' in line with Pakistan's socioeconomic and cultural realities

  • To train them to educate children on health issues and hygiene besides developing skills to identify illnesses and negative health practices among children at an early stage

  • Interactive training modules from 10 to 20 hrs duration

  • Conducted either at the school or at our training rooms

  • Special emphasis on prevention and early detection

  • Modules also for members of the school 'Health Clubs'

 

 

 

 

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