Newsletter Archives


January 26 | 2023


As we approach the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), we have an unprecedented opportunity to put in place the policies and resources needed to achieve health equity and security. In this issue, look at ways self-care is broadening access to entry points into the health system, offering a path for countries to achieve UHC in 2030 and beyond.

December 23 | 2022


Over the course of our 12 Days of UHC celebration, members of the Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) shared insights and lessons on how self-care and universal health coverage (UHC) are not only interconnected, but also mutually reinforcing. We invite you to explore each piece and to amplify our call — to build the world we want: a healthy future for all.

November 18 | 2022


This month, the SCTG Secretariat and countless SCTG members attended the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) 2022. Now, leading up to the High-Level Meeting on UHC in 2023, we must continue to capitalize on this momentum to ensure self-care is recognized as a critical component of both SRHR and UHC moving forward.

October 28 | 2022


From self-administration of contraceptives to postpartum and newborn care practices, this issue explores various self-care options that can make it easier for individuals and communities in humanitarian and fragile settings to take control of their health and well-being.

September 29 | 2022


As the SCTG, we must support one another in our work leading up to the 2023 UHC High-Level Meeting. Together we can uplift self-care to the conversations where decisions are made, and better equip individuals and health systems with sustainable and far-reaching health solutions essential for UHC.

August 26 | 2022


This month we hope to amplify the voices of young people and together advocate for their place in the self-care dialogue, to continue our progress towards achieving universal health coverage for all. We must all do our part in listening to the experiences of young people to understand and eradicate these barriers to equitable health care.

January 19
HIV, Hepatitis B and Syphilis Testing for Pregnant and Postpartum Women 
WHO Webinar
Time: 15-17:00 CET
Details: Led by the World Health Organization, this webinar will include presentations on delivering HIV, HBsAg, and syphilis testing and linkage for pregnant and postpartum women. Join the conversation to learn more.

February 2-3
ICFP: Not Without FP Forum
Virtual Conference
Details: Not Without FP Forum, hosted by the International Conference on Family Planning, will have a virtual community dialogue on universal health coverage (UHC) and Covid-19 on February 2nd and 3rd. Join members of the SCTG in panel discussions and roundtables as they discuss self-care’s role in effectively achieving UHC.

February 18
Virtual Forum
Time: 8:00-9:30am EST | 2:00-3:30pm WAT | 4:00-5:30pm EAT
Details: Thanks to all who joined us for our first annual member summit to learn about new SCTG working groups, leadership opportunities, our expanded scope, reach and partners, and more! This summit was held in both English and French and was open to all current members and anyone interested in learning more about becoming a part of the SCTG.  Explore learnings from the summit here!

March 2
Self-Care Country Advocacy Working Group Kick-off Meeting
Virtual meeting
Time: 7:00-9:30am EST | 12:00-2:30pm WAT | 3:00-5:30pm EAT
Details: Join us for the first Self-care Country Advocacy Working Group meeting. This dynamic discussion and learning exchange will focus on how advocates are driving key policy changes for self-care at the country level, including adapting global guidelines for local contexts.

March 30
Generation Equality Forum: Mexico City 
Virtual Summit
Join the GEF to reinforce the voice of feminist and youth movements and listen in to SCTG member Vania Kibui of Y-ACT speak at a virtual session on bodily autonomy and the SRHR action coalition as she explores how self-care interventions can increase the quality of and access to FP services.

April 7
Self-Care Community Forum Series: Supporting Youth through Self-Care 
Virtual Forum
Time: 9-10:30am EDT, 1-2:30pm WAT, 4-5:30pm EAT
In our first youth forum, our young self-care experts shared their perspectives on the role of self-care and the promise it holds in addressing the health needs of adolescents and young people. And then we explored ways that self-care can help in addressing them.

June 24 – August 27
Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series
Virtual Conference
The inaugural SCTG Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series took place from 24 June – 24 July 2021. With 16 engaging sessions, this highly interactive virtual forum to exchange and incubate ideas, experiences and solutions on a variety of self-care topics was open to a wide variety of self-care stakeholders. Click here to view the session details and recordings.

December 9 | 14:00-16:00 UTC
Join the SCTG and partners at our community forum for women, transgender people, and non-binary people who are committed to advocating for gender rights and are interested in sharing their perspectives on how health systems can better advance self-care. The interactive meeting will be held in English, French, and Spanish. Register here, and learn more about our Self-Care Community Forum Series here.

75th United Nations General Assembly
Details: Year in year out, every September, Member States have met in the General Assembly Hall at Headquarters in New York for the annual session and its highly visible general debate. The modalities of the 75th session differ this year in light of the global health crisis.

Reimagining Method Choice in the Era of Self Care
Evidence to Action Webinar
Time: 8-9:15am EST
Details: A webinar on two important areas for ensuring women and couples can make decisions about contraception that are voluntary, client-centered, informed, and supported.

Using the Right to Health to Restore Dignity
The Graduate Institute Geneva Webinar
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST
Details: People in vulnerable situations deserve to have their rights respected, protected, and fulfilled. And all of the solutions that we are coming up with—law reform or policy updates, procurement or services, or public health, communication, philanthropy—have to be centered around restoration of dignity. The new UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, will give her first talk at the Graduate Institute on 17 September 2020 and explore the right to health as a tool to restore dignity.

Global Week to Act For SDGs
Global Week of Action
Details: A week for people and organizations everywhere to come together in a joint call to make UNGA 75 a turning point for people and the planet, and to use the next ten years to deliver on the SDGs.

An Intergenerational Dialogue: Girls’ Rights in the COVID-19 Crisis
Plan International’s UNGA75 Flagship Event
Time: 7am-8.30am EST
Details: A dialogue between girls, young women, and global leaders focused on girls’ priority agendas and recommendations for a better normal.

September 24
The Health System after the COVID Pandemic: Policies and Investments Needed to Support Frontline Health Workers
Details: This event will bring together diverse stakeholders in conjunction with the 75th UN General Assembly to galvanize countries to make and uphold commitments to the frontline health workforce, and discuss how investments in the workforce now can set countries up to manage their populations’ health needs in a post-pandemic world.

September 26
World Contraception Day
Details: The day’s mission is to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available and enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health. Stay tuned for a social media toolkit and more.

September 29
Accountability Breakfast 2020: Advancing Women, Children and Adolescent Health During Covid-19
Conference Side Event
Details: Hosted by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), White Ribbon Alliance and Every Woman Every Child, the event brings together stakeholders from governments to grass-roots organizations — people with power to make changes and people calling for those changes to be made.

October 1
High-level Meeting to Celebrate the 25th  Anniversary of Beijing Women’s Conference
Virtual Meeting
Details: A one-day virtual meeting  for the review and appraisal of the Beijing Platform for Action, with a focus on  ‘Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.’

October 15
Demand Creation and Communications, Community Engagement and Community Based Monitoring 
Time: 9am EST | 3pm UTC/GMT+2
Details: In STAR’s second webinar series, join as we explore the evidence, best practices and recommendations for global HIVST scale-up in the 5th of 6 webinars.

October 22
HIVST Costing, Cost-Effectiveness and Impact Modeling 
Time: 9am EST | 3pm UTC/GMT+2
Details: In STAR’s second webinar series, join as we explore the evidence, best practices and recommendations for global HIVST scale-up.

October 29
Virtual Supportive Supervision 
Time: 9am EST | 3pm UTC/GMT+2
Details: Join DMPA-SC Access Collaborative’s webinar focused on self-injection training tools, strategies and implementation experiences for virtual training and supervision.

November 9-14
Seventy-third session of the World Health Assembly (resumed)

November 16
WHO Executive Board meeting

November 14-18
Women & Girls Africa Summit
Virtual Conference
Details: This summit aims to prepare women of today and tomorrow to take on key leadership roles in all areas and across all industries to ensure that Africa realizes its full potential.

December 1
World AIDS Day
World Health Day
Details: World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

December 12
World Health Day
Details: Every year on 12 December, advocates worldwide mobilize on International Universal Health Coverage Day to call for strong, equitable health systems that leave no one behind. And now that leaders from every country have committed to Health for All once again, we’ve heard enough talk. This 12.12, join us to demand action.

More updates to come.