Empowering Adolescents to Lead Change Using Health Data

  • End date
    Feb 23, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    World Health Organization
Updated on 23 May 2022


This study is a cluster randomized trial carried out in schools of secondary cities of four low- and middle income countries. Baseline surveys in 30 randomly selected schools will assess the health behaviours of 13-17 year old students as well as school policies and practices. The intervention arm (15 schools) will use the baseline information to develop a package of actions in collaboration with students, teachers, and local authorities that will subsequently be implemented an monitored over two years. Follow-up surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented actions will be conducted after two years in all 30 previously selected schools.


The objective of this study is to generate health information through school surveys and use this information directly and locally, involving adolescents, to change policies and plan programmes to improve health.

The study is carried out in secondary cities of four low- and middle income countries, including Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana; Jaipur, India; Spanish Town, Jamaica; and Fez, Morocco.

In each of the four cities, 30 schools are randomly selected. Baseline surveys will be conducted to assess (1) 13-17 year old student's health behaviours using the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS); and (2) health policies and practices in the selected schools using the Global School Health Policies and Practices Study (G-SHPPS). Additionally, the physical activity module of the GSHS questionnaire will be validated against objective measurement devices in one randomly selected class of 15 randomly selected schools.

Schools will be randomly allocated to the intervention (15 schools) or control arm (15 schools) of the study. The intervention group will participate in interactive workshops using the Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (Global AA-HA!) approach and the framework of Making every school a health-promoting school to:

  1. Identify adolescent health needs through exploring the collected data;
  2. Assess policies and practices already in place;
  3. Identify gaps and needs for action to improve health. Students, teachers and local authorities will propose and prioritize policy and programme solutions from menus of effective interventions for school-, community- or city-level implementation, supported by the Ministries of Health and Education and WHO.

Repeat GSHS and G-SHPPS surveys will be conducted two years later in all schools to assess effectiveness of the interventions.

Condition Healthy
Treatment Behavioral interventions targeting multiple risk behaviors as well as protective factors, School-level interventions targeting the school environment and system
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04963426
SponsorWorld Health Organization
Last Modified on23 May 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

School going
Aged 13-17 years

Exclusion Criteria

Not going to school
Outside the age range 13-17 years
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