Article by the International Self-Care Foundation The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has illustrated the importance of self-care – in good hygiene practices such as handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and the use of facemasks. Self-care is also central to mutual risk reduction through...
Judy Stenmark, Director General of The Global Self-Care Federation (GSCF), shares her thoughts on the recent disruption to healthcare systems globally. She emphasizes that this is the start of a greater focus on self-care, as we explore new ways to meet patient needs. July 24th marks the 10th...
International Self-Care Day (ISD), on 24 July each year, provides a focus and opportunity to raise the profile of healthy lifestyle self-care programmes around the world. ISD is a device developed by the International Self-Care Foundation to promote self-care as a vital foundation of health and has...
As the world still suffers from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with the global death toll surpassing 500,000 deaths we are also challenged to think about the 700,000 patients that die each and every year due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR threatens decades of medical progress as...
In preparation for World Patient Safety Day (17 September 2020 ), IAPO is gathering material for a storytelling campaign on patients’ experiences related to healthcare systems safety, including health services, medicines and devices. We are looking for stories from patients and patient carers...
WHO’s ad-hoc consultation on managing the COVID-19 infodemic Whilst we continue working towards slowing the spread of COVID-19, a global epidemic of misinformation continues to spread rapidly through social media platforms and other outlets posing a serious problem for public health. “...
As the world turns towards ending the lockdowns, thoughts and considerations around how the restrictions can safely be lifted abound. In line with our vision of a world where patients’ perspectives are heard and healthcare is designed, organised, and practised with the patient at the centre,...
WHO has recently launched a new learning app targeted specifically to health workers who need accurate, extensive, reliable, and timely information on COVID-19 to save lives and stay safe. The app was created in direct response to an online survey of health works conducted by the WHO Academy in...
Overview The COVID-19 pandemic has brought up immense challenges to how patients experience healthcare. Medicines shortage, disruption of treatments and difficulties to access mental health services are some examples of the problems they face. On the other hand, many patients have also benefited...
As of 11 May 2020, the World Health Organization reports that there are currently 8 candidate vaccines in clinical evaluation and 102 candidate vaccines in preclinical evaluation. Considering the lengthy vaccine development process which typically spans between 5 to 7 years, the speed and urgency...

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