The guidelines were created to contribute to the creation of a sustainable environment through coordinated action, that allows for the adequate development of children, young people, families and communities in their individual, family and collective habitat.
The guidelines were developed by the National Technical Committee on Healthy Environments [Comité Técnico Nacional de Entornos Saludables], composed of government representatives, the Pan-American Health Organization, academic and civil society organizations. The guidelines are built on the concept of sustainable development and the Millennium Declaration.
While the guidelines are broad in scope, Section 3.3 focuses on the strategy for healthy schooling. The Section comprises 5 components: public policies, healthy environments, empowerment and social participation, education, redirecting health services and health surveillance.