HONG KONG AND GENEVA, July 21, 2013 /CNW/ - International Self-Care
movement, launched in China last year, goes global in celebrating 24
July (24/7) as International Self-Care Day. It encourages individual
responsibility for health by raising awareness of the basic steps to
achieve well-being through self-care and calls on public authorities to
recognize the crucial role of self-care in reducing the socio-economic
burden of diseases. The movement also appeals for establishing a UN
World Self-Care Day to raise awareness of the importance of self-care
around the world.
Today Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) lead to 63% of annual deaths
worldwide and are recognized as a global killer and major health
challenge, which touches individuals as well as society with the
economic burden estimated at $30 trillion over the next 20 years.
Yet NCDs are preventable to a large extent through better self-care - up to 80% of heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes and over a
third of cancers could be prevented by individuals avoiding risks such
as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful
use of alcohol.
"We all have a right to health but also a responsibility to play our
part through simple self-care habits. When practiced 24/7, they make a
huge difference to our wellbeing," says Dr Zhenyu Guo, the founder of
the movement and initiator of the first Self-Care Day in China in 2011.
David Webber from WSMI believes that "self-care is catching on. Initiatives in support of
self-care are taking place around the world. Individuals and
decision-makers are starting to appreciate self-care as a powerful
weapon to tackle the burden of diseases in terms of their impact on
public health budgets and the toll they take on individuals."
However, despite some progress in recognizing the crucial role of
self-care, it is still not seen as an integral part of effective health
care systems, which are currently oriented to disease treatment. Its
benefits are also not sufficiently appreciated by policy makers or the
general public to make a tangible difference.
The International Self-Care movement wishes the UN to recognize
Self-Care Day on 24 July. "Through raising awareness, we want to
encourage people to be active participants in their own self-care and
also motivate governments to create self-care friendly policies both
within and outside current health systems," explains Dr Guo.
SOURCE: International Self-Care Foundation
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