A Spotlight On New Coalition Steering Committee Member Aïssatou Thioye

A SPOTLIGHT ON SCTG COALITION STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER AISSATOU THIOYE

The Coalition Steering Committee advises the Secretariat and provides oversight of SCTG coalition functions, ensuring a strong value proposition for members that is supportive of the SCTG’s strategic priorities. New Steering Committee member Aïssatou Thioye, FHI360 Knowledge Management and Partnerships Officer, answers questions about her expertise and passion for self-care below!

WHAT SHOULD WE KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am a passionate writer. And in my spare time, I love to dance with my children or listen to reggae in my corner.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JOIN THE SCTG COALITION STEERING COMMITTEE?

When I came to FHI360 last year, I had the opportunity to work with someone, namely Leigh Wynne, who is really interested in self-care issues and she immediately encouraged me to get involved and join the SCTG. And, the first time I participated in an SCTG activity, I wanted to actively participate in everything that is done to support the promotion of self-care .

WHAT DOES SELF-CARE MEAN TO YOU? AND WHY IS IT INTEGRAL TO ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE?

For me, self-care is the great opportunity for each individual to be autonomous for his or her health and a way for any community to have better access to health care. And, the ultimate goal for the well-being of all is universal health coverage

IN LIGHT OF THE NEW VISION, MISSION AND STRATEGY FOR SCTG, HOW DO YOU SEE THE COALITION AND THE SELF-CARE MOVEMENT EVOLVING IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

The SCTG will be the federating and reference movement for self-care at the global level. It will consciously engage communities, authorities, partners, the private sector and others around self-care, through the production of evidence and proof, disseminated and used worldwide. It will support efforts and follow up at the country level. We will help the whole population to believe and to achieve!

GIVEN YOUR WORK AS AN ADVOCATE, WHAT ROLE CAN YOUR SECTOR PLAY IN EXPANDING THE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE PRACTICE OF SELF-CARE?

I work in the sector of research and utilization with FHI360 and I am currently working on knowledge management with the Knowledge SUCCESS project. So, my sector can generate evidence about:

  • client and provider knowledge of, attitudes toward, and needs and preferences for self-care; links between self-care and empowerment;
  • facilitators and barriers to different self-care approaches and interventions; opportunities for integration of self-care interventions across health areas (e.g. FP and HIV; FP and menstrual health; etc);
  • reach, cost and effectiveness of different self-care interventions, including use of digital and direct-to-consumer approaches, on HIV and SRH health outcomes that support countries to develop, implement, and monitor self-care guidelines;
  • evidence related to self-care to promote uptake, including by developing tools and guidance to support a range of self-care interventions (e.g. HIV self-testing, self-injection of contraception, self-screening for method-induced side-effects, etc), including job aids, training curricula, monitoring tools, policy/norms/procedures, and client communication materials and we can design programs that promote equitable access to high-quality self-care approaches.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT YOURSELF?

I am very happy to be part of this committee and also to be a representative of the French speaking countries.