MENAP-SMI urges self-care necessity across Middle East and Africa

MENAP-SMI (Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan Self Medication Industry) today reiterated its commitment to ensure responsible self-care by carrying on the momentum set by International Self-Care Day 2021 (ISD), urging its need as a vital foundation of health.

Moving forward from International Self-Care Day, it is important to maintain its values throughout the year, as it signifies the advantages and positive effects self-care can bring to people in their daily lives. Introduced through the ISD Foundation, all stakeholders in the health industry uses this day to focus and publicize the importance of the many alternative self-medicinal practices that can be made available to all. Monitoring and improving the well-being of oneself and others is a non-stop, lifelong effort, placing health as a top priority.

The current status of self-care has made fantastic strides in the industry over the years; however, there is still the capacity to strive for a higher standard of healthcare. This is why MENAP-SMI remains committed to the region’s healthcare systems and its vision to reshape the future of self-care. And to do its best in communicating, providing strategic support, and cooperate with local decision makers linked to self-care.

Post-pandemic, MENAP-SMI builds on the improvements of the industry’s successful transition for individuals taking control of their physical and mental health, seeking an open-minded approach to better self-care. According to WHO, 130 million people around the world are currently in need of assistance from disease outbreaks, and 400 million lack the access to essential health services. Investments, innovations, and a collaborative movement allows more self-reliance on one’s health and relieves pressure off of medical professionals in the most efficient manner. Self-care interventions can significantly lessen the numbers that have been recorded.

Taking care of one’s health, and those who care for others, is a 24-7, 365-day obligation, emphasising how integral the recent innovations and initiatives in self-care have been. Digital health solutions, local community programs, and the consistent efforts to collaborate with policy makers all have its pivotal roles to play for better care in the region. Staying informed, and nurturing mental and physical health practices, improves the overall infrastructure of healthcare systems.