A preliminary evaluation of the School Health Service of the State of Rio de Janeiro's Ninth Administrative Region was performed as result of an agreement between the Institute of Social Medicine belonging to the State of Rio de Janeiro University and the State Department of Health. Through an analysis of the school-children's health level and an operational study of the health register subprogramme, high morbidity rates were found as was also a small percentage of children having received previous medical care. The effectiveness of the programme and the identification of problems in the technical and administrative area of the Service were determined. Among the results the need to complete the Service's evaluation through the use of the efficacy, efficiency and yielding criteria considering the availability of funds for planning and administration was emphasized. It is important to increase interaction between University and Community services in order to supply the former with conditions that enable the development of human resources adequate to the Community health conditions providing the latter with the necessary implementation of new techniques and patterns of attention.
School Health Service; Public health