In the Philippines, what began as a GIZ-supported project piloting the Fit for School Approach in one province in 2007 is now the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) of the Department of Education (DepEd) that targets about 2 million public elementary school children in 40 provinces. The EHCP includes three low-cost and effective hygiene interventions: daily group handwashing with soap, daily group toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste, and bi-annual deworming. Through the Regional FIT Programme, GIZ continues to provide DepEd with technical assistance in strengthening ECHP implementation.



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