A Note from the SCTG Secretariat
In the midst of COVID-19, self-care offers an opportunity to ensure that sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services remain available and accessible, when, where and how individuals need. By including self-care as an integral part of our health systems, we can lighten the load on healthcare workers and strengthen public health capacities.
The Self-Care Trailblazer Group will be sending out a monthly newsletter to highlight the work our partners are doing, and how we are advancing self-care around the globe.
This month, we’re focusing on the role of self-care in pandemics, as we know our work is rapidly changing in response to COVID-19. We hope that by sharing these resources and stories, we can inspire one another to continue to meet the needs of communities and deliver quality SRH services, together.
Thank you and stay safe.
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The Steering Committee is the executive oversight body for the SCTG. Its role and responsibilities reflect the mandate of the SCTG. See our inaugural members of the 2020 Steering committee here.
The Advocacy Working Group (AWG) will lead coordinated communications, outreach and advocacy efforts to support the introduction and scale-up of self-care interventions within health systems.
Igniting a Self-Care Movement for Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Roadmap
White Ribbon Alliance, on behalf of the global SCTG, developed an advocacy roadmap that focuses on self-care interventions for which evidence exists, as well as cross-cutting principles and values of people-centered care.
To better reflect its purpose, the TWG has been renamed Evidence and Learning Working Group (ELWG). This body will advance learnings and contribute to building the evidence base to introduce, scale-up, and sustain self-care interventions within health systems. For more information, check out our website.
Join representatives from FHI360, PSI Malawi, and the Malawi Ministry of Health for an exciting webinar on the integration of DMPA-SC self-injection in public and private sectors in Malawi. Thursday, April 30th 9:30 am EST/15:30 CAT.
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Acceleration of self-care in the time of COVID-19
Partners from PSI and Jhpiego explore the important role self-care can have in the context of COVID-19. Dive into ways that self-care can be used to optimize the healthcare system and reduce the strain on healthcare workers during pandemics and beyond.
COVID-19 a wake-up call to primary healthcare
Angela Nguku, Founder and Executive Director of White Ribbon Alliance discusses an important learning coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic — that there is an urgent need to improve primary healthcare worldwide with a focus on how self-care can support it.
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Accessing family planning in a crisis: The potential of contraceptive self-injection
How can women continue accessing their contraceptive method of choice, even in a crisis? Katelin Gray of PATH explores how self-care has the potential to reduce access-related barriers to contraception.
Read more here
Check out these resources from Marie Stopes International (MSI):
From lessons learned about the introduction of Sayana Press in Madagascar to an analysis of the digital tools being used in Bangladesh for SRH services, dive into these 8 studies from MSI showing self-care in action.
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