Economic & Social Value of Self-Care Report

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Download the Final Report here.

EcoSoc Report Summaries

  • East Asia & Pacific here.
  • Europe & Central Asia here.
  • Latin America & Caribbean (EN) here.
  • Latin America & Caribbean (ESP) here.
  • Middle East & Northern Africa here.
  • North America here.
  • South Asia here.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa here.

At the start of WHO’s International Self-Care month on 24th June, GSCF is proud to launch its Global Social and Economic Value of Self-Care study demonstrating that current self-care practices deliver significant economic savings and quality of life improvements:

  • savings of nearly $120 billion each year for global healthcare systems and, therefore, national economies
  • savings of 40.8 billion productive days for both health practitioners and individuals, which translates to an average of 11.83 work days per person per year. It corresponds to a value of $1,879 billion in welfare effects 
  • gain of 22 million quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), the standard measurement for the value of health outcomes
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This is the first global research project analysing the worldwide value and impact of self-care, across 155 countries. Importantly, it is the first study to include data from low- and middle-income countries, providing a unique global perspective.

Related documents

  • Executive Summary here.
  • Flyer of Key Takeaways here.