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Safe school re-opening encouraged by WHO and UNICEF After prolonged closures, leading advocates of health and education have started to encourage re-opening of schools to secure the benefits of education and the safety of schools. Citing increases in  poor nutrition, stress, exposure to violence and exploitation, childhood pregnancies, and overall challenges in mental development due to school closures, strategies to re-open schools safely have been placed on the front burner for governments and policy makers. The WHO noted that “according to a World Bank modelling, school closures in sub-Saharan Africa could result in lifetime earning losses of US$ 4500 per child.” The importance of hygiene and sanitation for safe re-opening was stressed. Read original article at-