The FRESH framework, an intersectoral partnership to Focus Resources on Effective School Health, provides the context for effective health related school policies. School policies, promoting good health and a non-discriminatory, safe and secure physical and psychosocial environment, are most effective when supported by other reinforcing strategies such as provision of safe water and sanitation, skills based health education, provision of health and other services, effective referral to external health service providers and links with the community. The FRESH framework provides this context by positioning health related school policies among its four core components, that should be made available together for all schools. These core components of the FRESH framework require school-community partnerships as the supporting strategies for the success of school health and nutrition programs. These include effective partnerships between the health and education sectors, teachers and health workers, schools and community groups and between the pupils and those responsible for implementing school health programs.
Four core components: Three supporting strategies: