The UN Sustainable Development Goals; using World Health Organization's ‘Health Promoting Schools' to create change


  • Andrew John Macnab Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study (STIAS), Wallenberg Research Centre at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa; Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia; Rose Charities, Canada
  • Ronald Mukisa Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study (STIAS), Wallenberg Research Centre at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa; Rose Charities, Canada; Health and Development Agency (HEADA) Uganda


Accepted: 23 May 2017. Published: 22 June 2017.


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Summary: The article highlights the global epidemiological significance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in addressing poverty. It proposes an innovative approach using the World Health Organization's (WHO) Health Promoting School (HPS) model to address factors affecting children's health and well-being. The HPS approach focuses on multi-disciplinary strategies within school communities, aiming to generate lifelong awareness and positive behaviors that influence the social determinants of health. School-based programs, especially in low and middle-income countries, often include activities like planting school gardens, contributing to improved nutrition, academic achievement, and skill development. The article emphasizes the relevance of these initiatives to specific SDGs (1-6) and underscores the role of schools in reaching a large population to address social determinants of health.


  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Health Promoting School (HPS) model
  • Multi-disciplinary strategies
  • School-based health promotion
  • Social determinants of health
  • School gardens
  • Nutrition
  • Academic achievement
  • Skill development
  • Low and middle-income countries
  • Micronutrients
  • Food security
  • Sustainable agriculture.


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How to Cite

Macnab, A. J., & Mukisa, R. (2017). The UN Sustainable Development Goals; using World Health Organization’s ‘Health Promoting Schools’ to create change. GHMJ (Global Health Management Journal), 1(1), 23-27.


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