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, H ar vard 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.
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