BMJ: Changing the narrative around self-management (2)

11 May, 2021

HIFA colleagues,

Self Care is a very critical concept as it not only affects Sexual Reproductive Health but is also prominent in other conditions. For example,diabetes patients monitor their own glucose levels at home and administer their own insulin injections; and hypertensive patients can monitor their blood pressure at home.

Self care can be critical in influencing health seeking behavior in individuals. The focus on Sexual Reproductive Health is critical but there is a need to expand the concept to include management of chronic conditions. In my opinion Self Care forms an integral part of health services at all levels of care and can accelerate access to Universal Health Coverage. It can be a great platform for health promotion and ensuring behavior change in issues to do with health.


Venus Mushininga

Program Manager, Non Communicable Diseases

Ministry of Health and Child Care

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HIFA profile: Venus Mushininga is a pharmacist with the Ministry of Health and Childcare in Zimbabwe. She is a founder and President of the Zimbabwe Society of Oncology Pharmacy and the Zimbabewan delegate to the European Society of Oncology Pharmacy. Professional interests: Oncology, Dissemination of information through to Health Professionals and the public, Research. She is co-coordinator of the HIFA working group on information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines.


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