What We Do

Self-Care
Trailblazers

Emerging evidence suggests that self-care has the potential to transform healthcare, especially for vulnerable populations, including women and transgender individuals, adolescents and people who face barriers to healthcare access, such as rural populations. It is an essential part of the efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

Established in 2018, the Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) builds the evidence base and advocates for the adoption of WHO’s Self-Care Guidelines for Sexual and Reproductive Health, national guidelines and practices to advance self-care with the input of the larger community of ministry officials, healthcare providers, activists and consumers.

Advocacy

The SCTG aims to build political momentum around a joint vision of self-care, particularly in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and advocate for its institutionalization into policy and practice.  

Evidence

While self-care is not new, it still requires further evidence to determine how to best use these services in communities across the globe. By strengthening the evidence base for self-care, we can determine the best practices and guidelines for implementing safe, effective self-care and help create policies and environments that support these services.

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Evidence

While self-care is not new, it still requires further evidence to determine how to best use these services in communities across the globe. By strengthening the evidence base for self-care, we can determine the best practices and guidelines for implementing safe, effective self-care and help create policies and environments that support these services. We are committed to helping communities achieve increased access to self-care products, devices and services. The Evidence and Learning Working Group works to coordinate and broker knowledge generated and accumulated across partners and initiatives in pursuit of the SCTG’s overall objectives.

The Evidence and Learning Working Group seeks to leverage and elevate the evidence and knowledge generating activities of partners and stakeholders as well as to understand the self-care evidence needs and priorities of countries. We aim to produce evidence and learning resources that are global goods and resources that reflect and/or can be used or adapted within a country context to support an evidence-based self-care movement.

Advocacy

The SCTG aims to build political momentum around a joint vision of self-care, particularly in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and advocate for its institutionalization into policy and practice. 

The SCTG’s advocacy efforts focus on affecting policy at national, regional and global levels. This means engaging with all partners and stakeholders, including related initiatives and networks. Across the breadth of the partnership at country and global levels, we hope to grow the self-care movement and employ a variety of tactics including stakeholder engagement, in-country consultations, high-level convenings and sensitization.

As a multi-stakeholder partnership, the SCTG can add value by convening partners to strengthen common messaging and coordinate strategies and activities to propel this movement forward. It can help bring together more champions, technical partners and experts; bridge advocacy efforts between the country and global levels; and leverage planned processes and events as appropriate.