A New Frontier
Established in November 2018 with support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) was formed to support governments in institutionalizing self-care in sexual and reproductive health policy and practice.
Self-care as defined by the World Health Organization is “the ability for individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” While self-care is a practice that goes back to the beginning of civilization, this terminology is relatively new, and the focus of self-care as a defined practice is still evolving and taking shape.
Self-care has the potential to transform healthcare, especially for vulnerable populations, including women and transgender individuals, adolescents, and people who face barriers to healthcare access, such as rural populations. When individuals are given the opportunity to become active agents in their health, this leads to improved health outcomes — ultimately paving the way to universal health coverage.
Since its inception, the SCTG has worked to increase self-care issue salience by coordinating its members and partners in evidence generation, global communications, advocacy, and shared learnings.
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.