Join us for the live written panel discussion to assess how self-care health systems can help rebuild better during COVID-19. This event is part of the Business Fights Poverty Virtual Summit on Health
Thursday 15 October, 10am-11am EST/ 3pm-4pm BST
Even before COVID-19 the World Health Organisation had estimated that half the world’s population lacked access to basic health services, putting the achievement of SDG 3 in serious doubt. Now the stakes are even higher as COVID-19 puts health systems under ever greater pressure and lays bare stark inequalities when it comes to access to healthcare.
A new Business Fights Poverty Challenge with life sciences company Bayer, is exploring how wider uptake of ‘self-care’ approaches can reduce pressure on strained health systems, improve vulnerable people’s health outcomes and empower individuals and communities in the process. Self-care innovations currently include self testing HIV kits in Kenya to telemedicine campaigns being led by US pharmacies and much more in between.
Despite a clear definition and guidance from the WHO, and the economic benefits of self-care, it is still not used as widely as possible. COVID-19 provides a window of opportunity to seriously build support for self-care approaches - both to effectively continue to respond to the emergency and for the longer- term with regard to cardiovascular disease, healthy pregnancies and immunity.
- Amira Ghouaibi, Global Council on the Future of Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum
- Dr Austen El-Osta, Director- Self-Care Academic Research Unit (SCARU), Department of Primary Care & Public Health, Imperial College London
- Daniella Foster, Global VP & Head, Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability, Consumer Health, Bayer
- Donna Castle, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, PAGB, Consumer HealthCare Association
- Judy Stenmark, CEO, Global Self-Care Federation
- Dr Elise Dallas, GP Clinic Lead and GP Safeguarding Lead, Babylon Health
- Gillian Christie, Senior Manager, Business Development, Walmart Health , and Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Margaux Yost, HERProject, Health Lead, BSR
- Dr Kayode Afolabi, Director, Reproductive Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria
- Óscar Serrano Oria, Program Specialist - Nutrition and ECD, UNICEF UK
- Pierre Moon, Director, Population Services International and Self Care Trailblazers Group
- Alice Allan, Challenge Director, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)
- What are the benefits of self-care (to individuals and economies),
- How do we negotiate the barriers to self-care (including access, affordability and regulation)
- How do we build a broader movement in support of self-care.
This is a text-based discussion. Panelists will be sharing their insights live below in writing. There is LIVE video meeting taking place in parallel for you to meet and interact with other participants. After the live session, this discussion will remain open, so please do continue to share your insights.
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