Launch Event: Self-Care Readiness Index 2.0

The second iteration of the Self-Care Readiness Index (SCRI) will be released later this month during the Global Self-Care Federation World Congress 2022.

Self-Care Readiness Index 2.0
Self-Care Readiness Index 2.0

The congress takes place on the 19th and 20th of October 2022, in Cape Town, South Africa. The Self-Care Readiness Index 2.0 builds on the 2021 report, analysing another 10 countries to provide an even more in-depth understanding of the state of healthcare and self-care around the world.

The Congress will touch on a wide variety of self-care and healthcare related topics and will be joinable both in person and remotely.

The Index will be presented alongside a discussion on Redefining the Global Self-Care Agenda, featuring remarks from Judy Stenmark, Director General of the Global Self-Care Federation (GSCF), Manoj Raghunandanan, Global President of Self-Care and Consumer Experience at J&J, Sarah Onyango, Secretariat Director at Self-Care Trailblazer Group and Mario Ottiglio, Managing Director of High-Lantern Group, and will feature contributions from key global actors in the health arena. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Skhumbuzo Ngozwana, Chief Executive Officer of Kiara Health, South Africa, and Alain Main, former Chairperson of the Global Self-Care Federation (GSCF).

Opening remarks will be given by Dr Princess Nothemba (Nono) Simelela, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents at WHO.

Healthcare professionals, policymakers, health economists, regulators, academia, media and other parties interested in discourse around self-care and reforming the healthcare system are invited to attend the event on the 19th of October at 8:30am SAST, which will include a moderated panel discussion and questions and answers from the audience.

“The SCRI shows us that self-care is practiced differently and is included in healthcare systems a variety of ways around the world,” Stenmark said. “But despite these differences, similarities abound – notably around the fundamental benefits brought to individuals, providers, and wider healthcare systems. Self-care cannot be ignored any longer – it is a hugely beneficial part of healthcare for all actors.”

The Index serves as a research and policymaking tool that explores key enablers of self-care in support of designing a better model for healthcare systems overall. The creation of the Index is spearheaded by the Global Self-Care Federation but is also supported by the WHO as part of a broader three year collaboration.

Self-care remains an emerging topic amongst healthcare discourse – in both national and international conversations. The Index helps to close the current knowledge and practice gap, as well as reinforcing the overall need to adopt self-care globally to facilitate the achievement of Universal Health Coverage and greater health of the world’s population.

“No matter how we see it included, the benefits remain clear,” Stenmark added. “Self-care needs to be an integrated part of every healthcare system.”

The SCRI 2.0 launch event will be livestreamed via GSCF’s YouTube channel and open for all global attendees to join.

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