A New Frontier
Members of the Self-Care Trailblazer Group support countries in bringing self-care interventions to consumers by advancing the evidence, practice, learning and policy landscape of self-care for sexual and reproductive health and rights. When accessible and affordable, self-care interventions have the potential to increase individuals’ autonomy and self-efficacy, strengthen health systems and ultimately pave the way toward universal health coverage (UHC).
With health systems stretched beyond capacity and millions of individuals unable to access care, countries have a critical opportunity to chart a new frontier for self-care interventions. While self-care will never replace the need for access to quality healthcare, ensuring affordable and functional basic health coverage for all calls for us to develop health systems that put the individuals they serve at the heart of healthcare.
Embracing self-care as a component of primary care adds great value and makes strong economic sense for health systems striving to meet growing demand, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs. While the concept of self-care is not new, WHO’s recently launched the Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health calls for adoption of national policies to usher in this transformative era in healthcare and pave the way for UHC.
The Self-Care Trailblazer Group is a global coalition dedicated to expanding the safe and effective practice of self-care so that individuals can better manage their own health, health outcomes are improved, and health systems are better equipped to achieve universal health coverage.
A world where the practice of self-care leads to a more inclusive, equitable, and people-centered approach to optimizing health and well-being across the globe.
Universal access to SRHR is a critical part of UHC. By 2030, the SCTG will ignite and build a comprehensive, evidence-based self-care agenda and movement for SRHR. Learn more about how we will achieve this here: