April Newsletter

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.

What's New

Introducing Our Brand and Website

We are proud to announce the launch of the SCTG logo and brand identity as part of the ongoing development of our coalition. Along with our new branding, the newly designed SCTG website is live! Check it out here.

Help spread the word about our new website by sharing on your social media channels. Find the toolkit here

Meet our New Steering Committee

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.

Announcing the New SCTG Advocacy Working Group

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. 

Download the roadmap:  
[English]  [Français]

Technical Working Group Adopts a New Name

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.

Upcoming Events

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.
RSVP to join the discussion.

Publications

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.

Read more here: [English] [Français]

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.

Read more here

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.

Read more here

What do you think of today’s email? We’d love to hear your thoughts, questions and feedback: Secretariat@selfcaretrailblazers.org

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Looking for more self-care content? Check out the rest of our website for resources, news articles, blog posts and more.