Sectoral Brief: Education

Sectoral Brief: Education <
Published 22nd September 2016
Author WHO, UNDP


This sectoral brief is tailored specifically to ministries of education. It expands upon the following key points regarding what this sector needs to know about NCDs:

  • Addressing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors supports the educational development of children.
  • Children and adolescents are being increasingly exposed to tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Life-long health behaviours are shaped during childhood and adolescence.
  • The education sector has a fundamental responsibility to protect children’s health and well-being.
  • Support of educators and peers is essential.
  • Empowered children and youth can encourage healthy families and healthy communities.