July 24th marks International Self-Care Day, an annual opportunity to put a spotlight on self-care and the benefit effective self-care can bring to both individuals and healthcare systems as a vital foundation of health. International Self-Care Day was initiated back in 2011, and takes place every year on 24th July demonstrating the importance of self-care to be employed 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.
For successful universal healthcare, we need to enable people to be active decision-makers in their own healthcare rather than passive recipients. Effective self-care ensures people are empowered to prevent, test for and treat their health conditions themselves. The number of health issues that can be handled through self-care continues to grow. Facilitating improved levels of health literacy ensures people can take charge of their own health with evidence-based self-care interventions.
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