Tobacco (47) How can people be better informed? (4) The role of schools

12 March, 2023

Thanks, Eduardo, for your feedback on the points I raised. [ ] I’m happy to work with your HIFA team on school education tools if you wish.

While I do understand your point that it may burden the school system to solve social problems, however the school is the foundation of childhood both physical and psychological development.

If the parent communities can be engaged in this endeavour through knowledge transfer of evidence-based information (adapted to the local context) it may be attractive e.g. put these WHO infographics posters, videos and toolkit on quitting in schools colleges, it could be a small step (pic link below):

Best wishes

Dr Meena Nathan Cherian, MBBS, MD (Anaesthesia)

(Former WHO Lead Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Program, Geneva, Switzerland).

Director, Global Health New Challenges:online courses, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education & Research (GFMER), Switzerland. <>

Senior Advisor, Global Action, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), Switzerland. SIOG Secretariat - SIOG <>

Adjunct Prof.The Chinese University of Hong Kong,Shenzhen,HK China.

WHO-HIFA Working Group on Essential Health Services and COVID-19; mHEALTH-INNOVATE.

Geneva, Switzerland. <mailto:+41%20763837253> +41 763837253(m);

HIFA profile: Meena Cherian is Director, Emergency & Surgical Care program, Geneva Foundation of Medical Education and Research, Geneva, Switzerland. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Essential Health Services and COVID-19. and is also a member of the HIFA mHEALTH-INNOVATE working group. mail: cherianm15 AT