19th – 20th Oct 2022 | CTICC | Cape Town, South Africa Global Self-Care Federation World Congress 2022 The conference's theme is Self-Care in a Digital Age, which ensures that the delegates will be exposed to a world-class line-up. 4th – 6th Sept 2022 | Egypt International Exhibition Centre | Cairo, Egypt Pharmaconex Pharmaconex is Africa's pharmaceutical manufacturing hub, integrating the complete supply chain in Egypt, the MENA region's largest producer of pharmaceuticals. Uncovering Africa's Potential for Pharmaceutical Growth 7th – 8th June 2022 | Annual Meeting | Hotel Meliá Castilla | Madrid, Spain 58th AESGP Annual Meeting Supporting self-care innovation during times of uncertainty. More than 300 delegates from the consumer health industry, partner organizations, and policymakers are expected to attend. Live in-person: 30th Jan – 2nd Feb 2023 | Dubai World Trade Centre | Dubai, UAE

Online: 4th Jan 2023 – 2nd Mar 2023
Arab Health 2023 Arab Health gathers industry leaders, healthcare experts, and regional and international professionals to collaborate on reimagining healthcare.


Our Vision, Mission and Objectives

Our Vision

MENAP-SMI (Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan Self Medication Industry) is a not-for-profit organization which represents manufacturers of non-prescription medicines, food supplements and self-care medical devices (all also designated as Consumer Health Products), based in the MENAP region.

Our Mission

The mission of MENAP-SMI is to promote better health through responsible self-medication and personal well-being.
MENAP-SMI works to creating a partnership with governments and other stakeholders and acts in the best interests of patients, consumers, and industry.

Our Objective

  • Conduct scientific research, economic analysis & communication actions promoting responsible self-medication
  • Provide strategic support to members and be the self-medication industry representative vis a vis the official bodies in MENAP region
  • Organize meetings and conferences with key stakeholders in the self-care industry
  • Cooperate with public authorities, local and regional associations linked to self-care industry

Self-Care and Universal Health Coverage

Universal health coverage ensures all people, everywhere, can access quality essential health services.

Why is self-care so important to attain universal health coverage?

The Role of Self-Care in
Universal Health Coverage

What is UHC, and why is it important?

Universal health coverage (UHC) ensures all people, everywhere, can access quality essential health services with financial protection. It is firmly rooted in the human right to health and requires strong political leadership. Because affordable, accessible, quality health services unlock people’s potential, UHC is one of the smartest investments countries can make. And nearly all countries, including low income countries, have the capacity to mobilise the resources required to achieve UHC. Achieving UHC is essential for inclusive development, prosperity, gender equality and fairness.


AFAMELA example

Study Overview and objectives

In order to demonstrate the potential economic and societal benefits of an increase in the number and variety of OTC medicines for consumers and patients in Mexico, Bayer commissioned a study (Sep-Dec´16) to quantify the cost differences between OTC self-care versus the costs for treatment through Mexico’s public health systems for several common, non-serious conditions.

Our Board of Directors


Regulatory Affairs & Medical Services Director, ME, Africa, Turkey, West Asia at Reckitt Benckiser.


Vice-Chair, Senior Director R&D Lead Middle East, and Africa at Haleon


Head of Africa Zone, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare

Board member

Regulatory Affairs Manager-Gulf & Levant at Bayer

Vice Chair

General Manager, Commercial Leader Middle East at PnG

Our Members

Bayer HealthCare Sanofi Haleon
P&G Health Reckitt Benckiser

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