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Self-care interventions for women’s health and well-being

Narasimhan, Manjulaa, Hargreaves, James R., Logie, Carmen H., Abdool-Karim, Quarraisha, Aujla, Mandip, Hopkins, Jonathan, Cover, Jane, Sentumbwe-Mugisa, Olive, Maleche, Allan and Gilmore, Kate (2024) Self-care interventions for women’s health and well-being. Nature Medicine, 30 (3). 660 - 669. ISSN 1078-8956

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Identification Number: 10.1038/s41591-024-02844-8


The human right to health is universal and non-exclusionary, supporting health in full, and for all. Despite advances in health systems globally, 3.6 billion people lack access to essential health services. Women and girls are disadvantaged when it comes to benefiting from quality health services, owing to social norms, unequal power in relationships, lack of consideration beyond their reproductive roles and poverty. Self-care interventions, including medicines and diagnostics, which offer an additional option to facility-based care, can improve the autonomy and agency of women in managing their own health. However, tackling challenges such as stigma is essential to avoid scenarios in which self-care interventions provide more choice for those who already benefit from access to quality healthcare, and leave behind those with the greatest need. This Perspective explores the opportunities that self-care interventions offer to advance the health and well-being of women with an approach grounded in human rights, gender equality and equity.

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Additional Information: © 2024 World Health Organization, under exclusive licence to Springer Nature America, Inc.
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2024 18:06
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2024 02:34

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