What We Do
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.
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.
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.