Shaping the future of self-care through pharmacy

“Shaping the future of self-care through pharmacy” programme

Health and self-care literacy for the management of minor ailments in the pharmacy 

Empowering patient self-care improves health outcomes and reduces the burden of diseases. Improving health and self-care literacy is key to empowering pharmacy-based self-care. This is especially important when it comes to the management of minor ailments through pharmacy. Consisting of a series of five events focusing on common health issues, this new FIP digital programme aims to examine how pharmacists can be enabled to improve health and self-care literacy. Approaches for each of the five areas of minor ailments will be discussed including embedding health and self-care literacy into education and training, developing self-diagnosis and self-medication protocols, widening access to patient information, and improving referral strategies. 

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