What We Do
While the concept of self-care is not new, the World Health Organization’s Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health calls for adoption of national policies to usher in this transformative era in healthcare. Members of the SCTG support countries in bringing self-care interventions to consumers by advancing the evidence, practice, learning, and policy landscape of self-care for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Over the past few years, self-care has advanced as a concept, practice, policy, and particularly during the time of COVID-19, a necessity to meeting the health needs of people across the globe. At a time when health systems are increasingly overstretched trying to meet the demands of COVID-19 and millions of individuals unable to access care, safe and effective self-care practices have the potential to improve the equity and efficiencies of health systems and offer a path for health systems to achieve universal health coverage.
Self-care can fast-track progress toward universal health coverage by broadening access to entry points into the health system, and countries have a critical opportunity to chart a new frontier for self-care interventions. While self-care is neither a replacement for quality primary care, nor a short cut to universal health coverage, self-care can act as an integral and complementary component of overall healthcare systems .
By focusing on three major functions – evidence, communications, and advocacy – supported by a strong coalition and shared learning, the SCTG aims to mobilize and engage target audiences and partners to achieve the following outcomes:
- A coordinated, diverse, and influential selfcare movement is mobilized around common goals.
- Awareness and support for quality, evidence-based self-care increases among target audiences.
- Self-care policies and financing are instituted at national and subnational levels.
- Demand and accountability for self-care increases among target communities and constituencies.