Health and education are inalienable rights for children. Improving their health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities are a joint responsibility. Education has a key role, since people’s health depends for 80% on environmental factors and lifestyle. Now is the time to create new synergies in order to improve children and young people’s health.
The UNESCO Chair and WHO Collaborating Centre “Global Health & Education” aim to contribute to shape the future field of prevention.
The Chair promotes a strategy of social change by introducing an innovative way of practicing health promotion, prevention and health education. It combines the knowledge of health determinants with social-cultural practices. This leads to a balanced approach between environmental changes and capacity building.
To tackle the new challenges of prevention, all sectors and stakeholders need to work together. Therefore, co-creation and active participation are key components of the Chair’s actions.