This blog post highlights the Quality of Care Framework for Self-Care developed by Population Services International with the Self-Care Trailblazers Working Group. While the resource is not specific to COVID-19, the pandemic does place a spotlight on individuals’ need to self-manage their health needs and on governments’ desire to help individuals, communities, and national and international health systems in their efforts to combat the pandemic. The post describes the origins of the framework, the content of the framework, who should use it, and how it might be implemented and measured. The five core domains of the framework are technical competency, client safety, information exchange, interpersonal connect and choice (to engage in self-care), and continuity of care.
The Self-Care Trailblazers Group developed a social media toolkit for self-care day, July 24. The toolkit contains several resources on self-care, FP, and COVID -19 for organizations and individuals to amplify via social media. Users are invited to share these graphics and tweets on their social channels by:
Clicking on the "Click to Tweet" link attached within each tile
Attaching the corresponding graphic to your tweet
Users are free to use and adapt the suggested language. The toolkit also provides suggested hashtags, including #SelfCare, #COVID19, and #selfcare4srhr and the handle, @selfcare4srhr"
The blog post features a conversation with Population Services International (PSI) staff from India, Nigeria, and Uganda about their pandemic adaptations and self-care solutions. Interviewees give specific examples of how their programs are harnessing digital technologies to encourage self-care and increase the accessibility and availability of RH information and services for consumers who need them the most during these unprecedented times. Digital strategies include social media messaging, mobile text and audio messages directly to women, text-based digital classrooms, and digital self-counseling through artificial intelligence.
This webinar addressed the increasing role of self-care interventions in building sustainable health care systems during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The experts and panelists from WHO, the United Nations, World Bank, HRP, and other global leaders in FP/RH discussed their experiences implementing self-care in various settings including during the current COVID-19 epidemic. Panelists spoke about the opportunities to advance telemedicine and other self-care enhancing technologies, and the chance to put power and choice into the hands of individuals. They also spoke about the urgent need to scale up self-care, the necessity of clear communication strategies on self-care, and the specific factors needed for the most marginalized communities to access and use self-care interventions.