Originally featured on the Self-Care Trailblazer Group blog.
On 18 February 2021, more than 180 participants across 39 countries and from 75 different organizations tuned in to the Self-care Trailblazer Group’s inaugural Annual Member Summit to hear about upcoming opportunities and exciting changes happening within the SCTG.
Check out some highlights below from the “Why Self-Care? Why Now?” panel of experts who shared their perspectives on the role of self-care and its potential to increase the autonomy, choice and power, particularly of women and girls.
Dr. Sarah Onyango reminded us that self-care is not new, nor is it in competition with the health system and providers, but it is critical in achieving UHC.
Precious Mutoru of PSI Uganda knows that with the introduction and scale up of self-care products that are grouped under self-awareness, self-testing and self-management like HIV self-testing and self-injectable contraceptives, we have the opportunity to overcome barriers and respond to SRH issues in a manner that young people actually want—keeping them at the center.
Twebese Mugisha of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation speaks on the importance of investing in self-care.
How you can get involved!
Join or renew your SCTG membership: If you are already a member of the SCTG, renew your membership and sign up for a new working group now! If you are not yet a member, it’s not too late! Become one today.
- SCTG membership grants you access to all of our member resources, including a full recording of the Summit, on our members-only slack channel!
Join the Steering Committee! Help shape the future of the SCTG! Nominate yourself or others for the 2021 SCTG Steering Committee.
The responsibilities and nomination process can be found here. To ensure a more diverse and representative governance body, we strongly encourage nominations from:
- Researchers, advocates, and implementers working in self-care in the Global South
- Representatives from youth organizations, health care provider associations, feminist movements, different health interest groups, and the private sector
Note: If you want to nominate someone who is not yet an SCTG member, encourage them to become a member by completing this form.
Sign-up for a working group!
SCTG member working groups are committed to increasing the evidence, awareness, and support for self-care, particularly at global, regional and national levels.
want to keep the conversation going?
Become a member and join the SCTG self-care community on Slack where you can engage with other members on the topics and regions of your specific interest. It is easy to join and simple to navigate — and it provides an opportunity for any member to pose questions, start dialogues, and share information.
To learn more about the SCTG membership opportunities or have any questions, please reach out to the SCTG Secretariat team at firstname.lastname@example.org.