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Pharmacists’ role in advancing self-care and universal health coverage

9 July 2024


This event is jointly organised by FIP, the World Health Organization and the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Research Programme in Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP).

Every year, the 24th of June to 24th of July marks Self-Care Month, with a focus on increasing awareness of this subject and available interventions, celebrating current benefits/ achievements, and calling for renewed commitments and action to expand health systems to include self-care interventions. Self-care is at the basis of healthier lives and populations, and therefore it is a pillar of more sustainable health systems and universal health coverage. As people around the world take greater responsibility for their physical, mental, and emotional health, they are actively seeking comprehensive and reliable information to make informed decisions, with or without the assistance of healthcare professionals, including pharmacists. This event will explore global self-care initiatives and highlight how pharmacists can utilise these in their practice and empower the public to promote self-care practices.

Moderators:
- Dalia Bajis, Senior Programme Lead International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), The Netherlands
- Gonçalo Sousa Pinto, Lead for Practice Transformation
International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), The Netherlands

Facilitator:
- Mfonobong Ekpoh, Practice Development and Transformation Projects Coordinator International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), Netherlands


Panellists:
- Manjulaa Narasimhan, Lead, Self-care for health and well-being
WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research, including the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training (HRP), Switzerland
- Judy Stenmark, Director General Global Self-Care Federation (GSCF), Switzerland
- Hussain Jafri, Executive Director World Patients Alliance, Pakistan
- R (Sham) Moodley, Pharmacist Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA) /Independent Community Pharmacy Assoc (ICPA), South Africa