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May 2, 2011
World Bank Releases E-Book version of Rethinking School Health and Widget

The World Bank released the e-book Rethinking School Health: A Key Component of Education for All, and a widget that provides online access to the e-book in March 2011. The book describes how schools have been used as a platform for delivering safe and simple health and nutrition programs to hard-to-reach children in low-income countries. The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) was one of 50 members of the High Level Group for Education that developed the book.

MI President, Venkatesh Mannar; Lynnette Neufeld, Chief Technical Adviser; Aynsley Morris, Communications Manager; Kim Harding, Program Officer (Research); and Annie Wesley, former Senior Program Specialist at MI and current Senior Program Specialist at the International Development Research Centre co-authored the Micronutrients section of the book. The content contributed by MI staff includes the themes of Impact on education; Evidence for the importance and impact of specific micronutrients; and Options for school-based responses.

The e-book contains many life-saving and life-enhancing recommendations that could ensure adequate micronutrient status of school-age children and adolescents. Some of the nutritional interventions discussed in the book could also improve school attendance and support the realization of Millennium Development Goal 2: achieving universal primary education.