This International Self-Care Day, July 24th, we are faced with an opportunity to reimagine our health care systems. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, it has presented us with a chance to transform the status quo, shore up stressed health care systems and build better for tomorrow.

One way to do this? Through self-care interventions for health. To drive healthier outcomes during the COVID-19 crisis, every lever available must be used to increase access to needed services, information, technology and tools. This includes equipping, empowering and encouraging people to meet their own health needs through self-care. 

Throughout the week, the Self-Care Trailblazer Group will be shining a light on different members of our group who are doing just that. From HIV self-testing, to digital technologies, to empowerment opportunities for young girls to own their health care decisions, self-care is a crucial way forward. 

Check back throughout the week for spotlights and social media highlights as we celebrate International Self-Care Day 2020.

Social media highlights

We asked our members how they believed self-care had the ability to build better for tomorrow. Here’s what they said!

To celebrate International Self-Care Day with us, find our toolkit here!

Partner Spotlights

Our first monthly spotlight focuses on Aidsfonds – Soa Aids Nederlands, a Dutch non-profit organization working internationally towards a world without AIDS with a focus on the people and regions most affected. Learn more from Alexander Medik of Aidsfonds as he discusses its self-care work as they put the power back in the hands of young people so that they can identify their own health needs, effectively manage their health conditions and access appropriate health technologies.

The global response to HIV is now threatened on many fronts: insufficient funding, myriad challenges posed by COVID-19, and slow adoption of new HIV service technologies and delivery methods. UNAIDS now reports inequitable progress and recent setbacks in many countries. Putting HIV services and care in the hands of individuals will be part of the solution. Learn more about how self-care can be a vital part of the response, here. 

For our second member spotlight, the Self-Care Trailblazer Group is focusing on Marie Stopes International (MSI), a global organization working to deliver reproductive choice for women. Learn more from Raveena Chowdhury, Head of Integrated Service Delivery as she discusses how MSI is working to deliver sexual and reproductive healthcare safely during the pandemic and beyond.

Tomorrow, July 24th marks International Self-Care Day, an annual opportunity to put a spotlight on self-care and the benefits that effective self-care can bring to both individuals and health systems as a vital foundation of health care. Throughout the month of July, we’ve amplified the importance of making quality self-care interventions available, affordable, acceptable and accessible to all those who need them. Learn more about how self-care can help build health systems #better4tomorrow. 

To mark International Self-Care Day, Population Services International and partners under the Self-Care Trailblazers Working Group are sharing a new Quality of Care Framework for Self-Care to help health systems monitor and support clients accessing health care on their own—without hindering clients’ ability to do so. Adapted from the Bruce-Jain family planning quality of care framework, the Quality of Care for Self-Care includes five domains and 41 standards that can be applied to a broad range of primary health care approaches to self-care.