Self-Care.jpgWe are thrilled to see the recent approval of the national self-care guideline by the Ministry of Health. This landmark policy has the potential to revolutionize how women engage with and manage their health. Self-care empowers women to take charge of their wellbeing, leading to improved health outcomes and stronger health systems.

Self-care encompasses a wide range of health-related activities that individuals can perform for themselves, with or without the support of a health worker. For women, self-care can include practices such as self-monitoring, self-testing, and self-medication. By providing women with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to manage their own health, self-care promotes gender equity and enables women to become active agents in their healthcare.

One of the key benefits of self-care is its ability to improve access to essential health services, especially for women in rural and underserved areas. By reducing the need for frequent visits to healthcare facilities, self-care frees up resources and allows health workers to focus on more complex cases. This is particularly important in Ethiopia, where the healthcare system faces challenges in reaching all segments of the population.

Recent studies have shown that targeted interventions can significantly improve self-care practices among women with chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Factors such as social support, access to information, and self-care education play a crucial role in promoting healthy behaviors. By addressing these factors and empowering women with the necessary knowledge and skills, we can help them better manage their health and prevent complications.

To fully realize the benefits of self-care, it is essential to integrate it seamlessly into the existing health system. This requires collaboration between healthcare providers, policymakers, and women themselves. Healthcare providers must be trained to support and guide women in their self-care practices, while policymakers need to ensure that self-care solutions are affordable, accessible, and aligned with national health priorities.

The approval of the national self-care guideline in Ethiopia marks a significant step towards empowering women and improving their health outcomes. By embracing self-care, we can help women take control of their health, reduce the burden on the healthcare system, and work towards achieving universal health coverage. As women's health specialists, it is our responsibility to champion self-care and ensure that every woman in Ethiopia has access to the knowledge, tools, and support she needs to thrive.

ESOG's planned contribution in this endeavor is multi-faceted. We are committed to continuing our advocacy efforts to ensure that self-care remains a central component of women's healthcare policies and programs in Ethiopia. Additionally, we will work closely with healthcare providers and partners to strengthen their capacity to support and guide women in adopting self-care practices. Through our training programs, community outreach initiatives, and collaboration with stakeholders, ESOG will strive to empower women across Ethiopia with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to embrace self-care and lead healthier lives. Together, we can make self-care a cornerstone of women's health empowerment in Ethiopia.