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Self-care’s contribution to universal health coverage – Healthcare’s and people’s perspectives

9 December 2021

There is variability across the globe in the provision of universal healthcare. Self-care is the ability to maintain and improve individual’s health, prevent or limit diagnosed illnesses, and address self-treatable conditions. Self care is not no care and it is not necessarily practised in isolation. It may involve support and advice from others, such as expert pharmacy teams.  This event discusses how self-care can contribute to Universal Health Coverage from the perspectives of providers of healthcare services and public and patients. 

Aim: To discuss the perspectives of providers of healthcare services and the people accessing them about how self-care can contribute to universal health coverage.

Learning objectives: 

  • Explain the extent to which self-care is embedded in healthcare systems;
  • Discuss cultural approaches to enabling self-care as part of UHC, such as healthy lifestyles;
  • List healthcare systems and patients/public’s needs for enabling self-care;
  • Discuss the contribution of localised self-care delivery to UHC


  • Sham Moodley, Community Pharmacist, Member of the FIP Community Pharmacy Section, South Africa


  • K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India, India
  • Jacqueline Bowman-Busato, Co-Founder, Belgian Private Foundation Pate Adiposité Adipositas Pacte, Belgium
  • Dave Burrows, CEO and CTO, Damibu, UK