Ayushman Bharat: School Health Ambassador initiative launched
On February 12, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare introduced School Health Ambassador initiative. Under the initiative, two teachers in every school are to be made as Health and Wellness ambassador.
The initiative is to be linked with other initiatives such as Eat Right Campaign, Fit India Movement and Poshan Abhiyan. 11 themes have been identified for the initiative. It includes growing up healthy, interpersonal relationships, emotional well-being, values and responsible citizenship, nutrition, health, gender equality, promotion of healthy lifestyles, HIV prevention, safety and security against violence and promotion of safe use of internet.
The 2 ambassadors appointed under the scheme will work on the above themes. They will focus on health promotion and prevention component.
The ambassadors are to be trained by the National Resource Group that was constituted by the NCERT.
The initiative in the first phase is to be implemented in upper primary and secondary schools in aspirational districts. The remaining districts are to be included in the second year of the initiative.