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​School Health Services Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) recognizes the importance of health and its effect on the delivery and processing of education.

Research has shown that healthy students tend to have higher academic achievements as well as improved cognitive function.

Therefore, ADEC established the School Health Management section to ensure that basic health services are provided within school premises as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle among school students.

This early adoption of a healthy lifestyle greatly contributes to their health in the future. Some of the services that the School Health Management section offers include:

  • Medical Screening
  • Vaccinations
  • Health Education Workshops
  • School Clinics Licensing
  • Licensed School Nurses
  • Food Safety in School Canteens

 Medical Screening

The public schools preventative medical screening process is a joint service conducted by ADEC in collaboration with the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) as well as SEHA to all public school students in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia.

In addition to basic medical screening services, enhanced medical screening is provided to national and expatriate students in Grades 1, 5 and 9. Enhanced medical screening services include:

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Counseling
  • Body Mass Index
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Scoliosis
  • Dental screening
  • Complete Blood Count

Screening results will be used as a reference for future recommendations on health campaigns, health education or physical activities. The focus of the screening is on the diseases and health problems that could affect student learning such as: low vision, obesity, diabetes, dental problems and spinal deformities.


Students in grade 1, 9 and 11 receive vaccinations that are administered by the licensed nurses at the schools then recorded for each student in their own medical files. These vaccinations help prevent the development of a number of diseases which will help provide immunity to the students and thus ensure their protection against these diseases. The school immunization table goes as follows:

School Immunization Schedule
Grade Vaccine Immunize against
Grade 1 DT (pediatric dose) Diphtheria and Tetanus
MMR Measles, Mumps and Rubella
OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine) Poliomyelitis
Grade 9 Rubella; Rubella (girls only)
Grade 11 DT Diphtheria and Tetanus
OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine) Poliomyelitis
HPV (3 doses) Human Papilloma Virus (girls only)

 Health Education Workshops

ADEC provides health education workshops to school staff and students to promote health and well-being. Thus far, workshops have been provided on various health topics such as breast cancer, diabetes, heart health and stress management.

 School Clinics Licensing

Abu Dhabi Education Council’s School clinics have been undergoing licensing under a joint initiative that is being facilitated by SEHA which includes licensing the school nurse and the clinic itself in order to provide students with highly advanced medical settings in accordance with Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) requirements.

HAAD has developed a list of requirements for school clinics to ensure that the premises, equipment and staff are capable of delivering basic health services. The school clinic requirements include:

  • Registered nurse with current license
  • Medical records for each student
  • Student care is documented
  • Student referral process is in place
  • Rights and responsibilities of students are placed in a visible location

 Licensed School Nurses

ADEC has collaborated with SEHA to provide full-time licensed nurses to be available in school clinics throughout the school day. The nurse provides basic health services which includes vaccination, BMI, counseling, referral (if needed), basic life support, etc.

 School Canteen Guideline

Canteen guidelines are set and revised by a joint committee which is comprised of representatives from ADEC, Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA).

The established guidelines include the criteria for interested vendors

The established guidelines include the criteria for interested vendors and once the vendors are approved they must ensure that they adhere to the set guidelines.

Each year, principals may contact the approved vendors in order to establish a contract for the provision of food for the school year. The new school canteen guideline for 2012-2013 includes sample menus and caloric requirements for each grade.

To view the school canteen guidelines please visit http://adecportal/sites/P12Ed/Hwel/default.aspx