What is Self Care?
Self Care can empower consumers by giving them the knowledge and
tools to improve the quality of their daily life.
Consumers can often treat minor symptoms such as a mild headache
or a cold themselves, using products purchased over-the-counter at
the local pharmacy or grocery store.
In the case of chronic or longer-term conditions, or to maintain
and increase wellness, many people choose to use consumer health
products such as vitamins.
In 1998, a special working group of the World Health
Organization (WHO) offered an inclusive definition of Self
"Self Care in health refers to the activities individuals,
families and communities undertake with the intention of enhancing
health, preventing disease, limiting illness, and restoring health.
These activities are derived from knowledge and skills from the
pool of both professional and lay experience. They are undertaken
by lay people on their own behalf, either separately or in
participative collaboration with professionals."
One of ASMI's key strategic objectives is to champion Self Care,
with the ultimate goal to gain recognition for it as an integral
element of a coordinated and comprehensive national health
Many ASMI Members have products that can play a significant role
in the National Health Priority Areas (NHP) both in prevention and
disease state management.
Self Care Documents