Providing inexpensive and highly efficacious medications, nutritional supplements and health services to school children.
The selection of treatments varies according to the country and wealth. The UK provides milk (for calcium) and dental services to care for children's teeth. In developing countries, treatments may be for schistosomiasis, intestinal worm infections and micronutrient deficiencies which, fully implemented, could improve the health, school attendance and learning achievement of hundreds of millions of children at a cost of US$1 to $2 per child per year. In addition, schoolchildren can be taught by their teachers about the human body and about avoiding risks to health, for example from smoking or unsafe sex.
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The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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