In order to raise awareness of the importance of self-care and prevention for the overall well-being of society, the Free Access Medicines Manufacturers Association (Afamela) joined the initiative of the Commission on Health of the Chamber of Deputies to convene the 1st convocation. Self-Health Meeting July 26th.
As part of the International Day of Self Care, which is celebrated every July 24th, this meeting between representatives of government agencies such as the Ministry of Health, IMSS and specialists in national and international organizations such as the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Aspen Institute and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will strive to establish the foundations, such as the original, such as the initial, such as the initial, such as the initial, such as the initial, such as the initial, such as primordial, such as primordial, such as primordial, such as primordial, such as primordial, such as primordial, such as primordial, such as primordial within Les of Active Life, healthy aging, among others.
This forum complements the actions promoted by Afamela to raise awareness and responsible use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines as well as self-help methods.
Earlier this year, the association presented the results of the Self-Care Readiness Index study, integrated in collaboration with the Global Self-Care Federation, to identify the impact of public policies on self-care in ten countries: Germany, Australia, Canada, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
This study for the Mexican case found that about 80 percent of respondents feel educated and empowered to search for groceries and self-care through support programs in their communities.
According to this study, more than 15 million Mexicans present themselves to the national health care system with common illnesses such as influenza, diarrhea, muscle aches and headaches.
For his part, Afamela Executive Director Ricardo Ramirez argues that these meetings, which bring together representatives from government, civic associations and international organizations, are a great opportunity to empower patients and draw participants’ attention to the benefits of a healthier population, as well as encourage them to develop comprehensive public policies that strengthen these preventive practices with national coverage.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), self-care is a set of elements that provide long-term benefits for vulnerable populations. In this sense, Ricardo Ramirez recalls that self-care always follows three principles: physical, psychological and social well-being; therefore, it is important to emphasize that this is not only a personal responsibility, but also an obligation that concerns everyone:
1st. The Health Care meeting will take place in the Chamber of Deputies on July 26 at 17:00.
Following the close of the forum, there will be a Legislative Complex Lighting Ceremony as a symbolic act of commitment to self-care.
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