The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched its first guideline on self-care interventions for health. The first volume focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
At least 400 million people worldwide lack access to the most essential health services. By 2035, there will be an estimated shortage of nearly 13 million healthcare workers.
At the same time, new diagnostics, devices, drugs and digital innovations are transforming how people interact with the health sector.
Some of the interventions in the first volume include self-sampling for HPV and sexually transmitted infections, self-injectable contraceptives, home-based ovulation predictor kits, HIV self-testing and self-management of medical abortion.
These guidelines look at the scientific evidence for health benefits of certain interventions that can be done outside the conventional health sector, sometimes with the support of a health-care provider.