Trailblazer Group


The Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) is a global coalition of partners dedicated to advancing the evidence, practice, learning and policy landscape of self-care for sexual and reproductive health and rights. In 2020-2021, the SCTG will support the adoption and implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Consolidated Guideline for Self-Care Interventions for Health as well as support the wider community in advancing self-care at the global, regional, national and local levels.   


Discover what's happening with self-care for sexual and reproductive health and rights

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What Women Want: Examining Power and Agency within Self-Injectables

This piece was originally published on the Delivering Innovation in

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Join Us in Celebrating International Self-Care Day

July 24th is International Self-Care Day, an annual opportunity to

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Membership Spotlight: SCTG Youth Partners

A Spotlight on Our Youth Partners For our July spotlight,

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Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights through Self-Care 

“There can be no gender equality without bodily autonomy and

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A New Tool to Map Self-Care Policy and Practice

By Andrea Cutherell, Dr. Austen El-Osta, Dr. Sarah Onyango, and

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The Role of Supportive Self-Care Environments in Advancing Menstrual Equity

On Tuesday, June 29th, WASH United, Days for Girls International,

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What is

WHO defines self-care as “the ability for individuals, families and communities to promote, maintain health, prevent disease and cope with illness with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” Self-care allows people to become agents of their own health, leading to improved outcomes, especially in the area of sexual and reproductive health where stigma may prevent them from seeking care.

Self-care is an integral part of the health system, linking to primary care and healthcare services.


Dive into these resources to learn more about self-care for sexual and reproductive health and rights

Nigeria Self-Care Guideline Summary

Download Resource This is a summary of the Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria National Guideline on Self-Care for Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health prepared by

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Policy Mapping: Assessing Implementation of the WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions

Download Resource In 2020, the Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU) at Imperial College London was commissioned by the Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) to develop a

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2021-2025 Strategic Plan

Download Resource This document outlines the first strategy of the SCTG and covers the five-year period from January 2021 through December 2025. It reflects a

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Quality of Care Framework for Self-Care

Download Resource Population Services International (PSI) and a consortium of organizations under the auspices of the Self-Care Trailblazers Working Group have developed a Quality of Care Framework for Self-care aligned

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Download Resource Self-care, while not a new concept or term, has received greater attention and relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic as an innovative approach to

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Choosing and Using the Progesterone Vaginal Ring: Women’s Lived Experiences in Three African Cities

Download Resource This study explored experiences of selecting and utilizing a newly introduced contraceptive – the progesterone vaginal ring (PVR) – among women seeking a

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