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Self-care Webinar

The Self-Care Webinar, organized by the World Patient Alliance (WPA), took place on February 15th, 2024, aiming to promote awareness about the significance of self-care in enhancing overall well-being. The event featured esteemed speakers from various global health organizations, providing insights into self-care frameworks, global movements, patients' roles, and responsibilities. The webinar culminated in a panel discussion addressing pertinent issues and strategies to foster a holistic approach to health beyond medical interventions.

Event Highlights:

1. Welcome & Introductions: Andrew Spiegel, Chair of WPA, initiated the webinar, setting the tone for an insightful discussion on self-care and its importance in modern healthcare.
2. Introduction to Self-care and WHO Self-care Implementation Framework: Manjulaa Narasimhan from the World Health Organization (WHO) elaborated on the WHO Self-care Implementation Framework, shedding light on the global efforts to promote self-care strategies.
3. Global Self-care Movement: Judy Stenmark, representing the Global Self-care Federation, provided an overview of the burgeoning global self-care movement, emphasizing the need for individuals to take proactive steps in managing their health.
4. Patients' Role and Responsibilities in Self-care: Penney Cowan, Secretary of WPA and Founder of ACPA, emphasized the pivotal role of patients in self-care, underscoring the importance of empowerment and active participation in healthcare decisions.
5. Panel Discussion: The panel discussion, moderated by Hussain Jafri, Executive Director of WPA, featured Manjulaa Narasimhan, Penney Cowan, Catherine Duggan (CEO, International Pharmaceutical Federation), Judy Stenmark, and Kristine Sorensen (Global Health Literacy Academy). The panelists engaged in a robust exchange of ideas, exploring various facets of self-care and sharing practical strategies to promote holistic well-being.
6. Wrap-up, Key Messages, and Conclusion: Hussain Jafri concluded the webinar by summarizing key insights and messages derived from the discussions, reiterating the importance of self-care as a cornerstone of health empowerment and resilience.


The Self-Care Webinar organized by the World Patient Alliance served as a platform for fostering awareness and understanding of self-care principles. Through engaging presentations, insightful discussions, and expert perspectives, the webinar underscored the importance of proactive self-care practices in enhancing overall well-being. By empowering individuals with knowledge and strategies, the event contributed to the promotion of holistic health approaches that transcend traditional medical interventions.


Speakers and Panelists

Dr Manjulaa Narasimhan
Dr Manjulaa Narasimhan is the Unit Head, for Sexual health and well-being across the life-course in the Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Imperial College London. Manjulaa leads WHO’s work on self-care interventions for health and well-being; coordinates and promotes innovative, people-centered approaches in global policy, communication and research to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights of underserved, marginalized populations. Manjulaa has also identified and managed strategic planning and oversight of prevention technologies for sexual and reproductive health and rights; approaches to increase quality health coverage for people in all their diversity; and built bridges between stakeholders, decision-makers and policy actors to positively influence public policy and practice.
Judy Stenmark BSc MPH
Director General – Global Self-Care Federation
Judy has been leading the Global Self-Care Federation since September 2018. During that time, she has overseen a restructure and re branding of the organization and implemented a new direction – the Future of Self-Care Strategy. She has a background in health with a degree in physiotherapy and a master’s in Public Health. A long-standing career leading global and national NGOs in the musculoskeletal arena, with an eight-year tenure as head of the International Osteoporosis Foundation in Nyon, Switzerland and nine years leading Osteoporosis Australia prior to that. An Australian national, Judy has spent the last fourteen years living and working in Switzerland. In this time, she established a strong network within global healthcare institutions, international scientific academia and among many global health companies.
Catherine Duggan
Chief Executive Officer – International Pharmaceutical Federation
Catherine Duggan is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Pharmaceutical Federation and is responsible for visionary leadership, support, development, advocacy and growth across the 150+ member organisations and the four million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists FIP represents. FIP is a founder member of the World Professions Health Alliance (represents 41 million health professionals across medicine, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy and pharmacy) and Dr Duggan is chair of the CEOs of WHPA in 2024. FIP signed a MOU with WHO in May 2019 at the World Health Assembly meeting which builds on the formal established relationship WHO and FIP have held since 1948 and secures how pharmacy contributes globally to Primary Health Care to deliver Universal Health Coverage. By signing the profession up to the Astana declaration in 2018, pharmacy will present evidence of impact to health ministers of pharmacy’s impact (science, practice, workforce) during 2024. This involves data through the FIP observatory, support through the FIP platform for provision and our FIP wide programmes to deliver the 21 FIP development goals. Dr Duggan has published widely and presented at national and international meetings and has a wealth of people and programme management experience. She is a recognised leader across the profession working with many networks within and across the profession and, more widely, health and business. Catherine has worked in community, primary care, hospital and academia. Between 2007 and 2009, Catherine was the Chair of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association and then an elected member of the Council of the RPSGB. A double graduate from the School of Pharmacy, University of London (now UCL School of Pharmacy), Dr Duggan received a Fellowship of the School in 2013 and was awarded an honorary Professorship from the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham in 2018. She holds Fellowships of both the Royal Pharmaceutical Socity the Royal Society of Arts. Catherine was awarded the Nagai International Woman Scientist Award in May 2021, on behalf of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Japan and is the current European Chair for United States Pharmacopeia European Charter. Catherine is an avid film lover, enjoys singing and travelling, fine wine and dining, sports and dancing.
Fouding Director, World Patients Alliance
Penney Cowan In 1980 Penney Cowan founded and is CEO of the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA). Ms. Cowan is a recognized speaker advocating a multi-disciplinary approach to pain management. She has been an outspoken advocate and consumer representative for pain issues, contributed to numerous books, videos and Websites, consulted on the development of several pain management programs, issues and received numerous awards from organizations, such as the Institute for Public Service, American Pain Society, and American Academy of Pain Medicine. She served as Consumer Representative for the FDA/CDER Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC); Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) of the National Institute of Health; and Co-chair of the National Pain Strategies Public Education and Communication Working Group, part of the IPRCC. Ms. Cowan is the author of Patient or Person, Living with Chronic Pain. She has also written all manuals and materials used by the American Chronic Pain Association. She successfully established September as Pain Awareness Month in 2001.
Dr. Kristine Sørensen
Founder, Global Health Literacy Academy
Dr. Kristine Sørensen is a highly-cited, award-winning, global thought leader in the field of health literacy. As an Executive Advisor she empowers leaders to improve health literacy by design. She works with governments, industry, academia and civic society to develop health literacy for all. Kristine Sørensen is the Founder of the Global Health Literacy Academy, Chair of Health Literacy Europe and the first President of International Health Literacy Association and Member of the EU Health Unition Initiative, the Africa-Europe Foundation, the European Health Futures Forum amongst others.


Feb 15 2024


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