Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

A Field Experiment on Skill-Based School Health Education in Rural Bangladesh

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


July 26, 2019. (Friday) 12:30-14:30

A Field Experiment on Skill-Based School Health Education in Rural Bangladesh
This paper investigates the impact of skill-based health education conducted in primary schools in rural Bangladesh through a randomized-controlled intervention. Given frequent critical views on the effectiveness of health education in promoting health, it assesses whether health education focusing on health-related skill-building can be effective in inducing behavioral change, especially in children, who are more amenable to such educational interventions. The health education is provided by locally recruited and trained para-teachers for the duration of one year, with the use of mini-projector. An additional cross-cutting soap provision is also implemented. The impact on health, practice and behavioral change is analyzed at both school and individual levels. Health education is shown to have a statistically significant positive impact on the hygienic practices at both the school and individual levels, and certain health status of children. Peer effects in treatment schools and positive spillover across schools are suggested for school hygiene practices.

Ms. Makiko Omura (Meijigakuin University)




Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
E-mail: APLE-mail