International Self-Care Day is an initiative by the Self-Medication Manufacturers Association of South Africa (SMASA), dedicated to promoting responsible self-care and self-medication. With over 100 000 non-prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and self-care knowledge readily available, we are well-equipped to take control of our own health and wellbeing, and save money.
According to the World Health Organisation, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are the leading cause of mortality in the world. Yet did you know? Eighty percent of premature heart disease, stroke and diabetes CAN be prevented by using responsible self-care and the management of these NCDs through responsible self-care.
International Self-Care Day takes place on 24 July, because the benefits of self-care should be felt 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or 24/7.