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Ritu is a girl’s name that means ‘season’ in Bangladesh. It also refers to a girl’s monthly period and is the name of an animation figure that plays a central role in one of Simavi’s most recent programmes. Main goal is to improve the health, well-being, and social and economic participation of women and girls. Read more about this programme.
November 11-12 an international conference on the nexus between WASH and nutrition security took place in the city of Bonn. Our colleague Elbrich Spijksma, senior programmes officer WASH, together with Pamela Teddy of HEWASA (a Ugandan partner organisation of Simavi, participated. Elbrich shares her thoughts about WASH and Nutrition, the theme of this year’s World Toilet Day.
November 19 is World Toilet Day – a day to honour the toilet. We often take this place for granted. Still 1/3rd of the world’s population does not have access to safe and clean sanitation. Therefore Simavi launched the I Love My Toilet (#Ilovemytoilet) campaign, which kickstarted on November 16. We encourage you to talk about your comfort zone – the toilet. It’s about time for an homage.
2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, that is one third of the world's population! World Toilet Day is an urgent call to fulfill everybody’s right to have access to adequate sanitation. Simavi joins World Toilet Day.
On the occasion of Simavi’s 90th anniversary, our Dutch partners, donors, volunteers and patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix, were invited to the opening of the photo exhibition ‘Prevention is better, 90 years Simavi’.
Jan Rotmans, Professor of Transitions and Transition Management, stirred our minds by sharing his vision about the transition our society is currently going through. He argues that we are in a change of eras comparable to the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. Jan believes that we are moving towards Society 3.0: decentralised, bottom-up, flexible and with small networks instead of a society dominated by bureaucracy and large companies. We asked Jan what these changes will mean for organisations and individuals in the development sector.
From October 26-30, the 2015 Water and Health Conference takes place at Chapel Hill in the United States. The conference, organised by The Water Institute at UNC, considers drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. Simavi is present to share our expertise and experience.
In northern Ghana, effective antenatal care (ANC) delivery is hampered by low quality services due to a lack of equipment and shortages of staff. To tackle this problem and reduce maternal mortality, Simavi and knowledge institute TNO join hands in an innovative project: Check2gether.
Every year 14 million girls are married as children. That’s one girl every three seconds who is married off too soon, endangering her health and development. On Wednesday 7 October 2015, the Dutch Child Marriage Fund Alliances together with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs organise a full day expert meeting on child marriage.
Together with 25 civil society organisations, Simavi welcomes Minister Ploumen’s new commitment on WASH and proposes a number of recommendations that will be fundamental for the successful implementation of this commitment.
September 28th 2015 is marked as Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. We talked to Mirawati (Mira) about this topic. Mira is Director of IHAP, one of Simavi’s local partners in Indonesia working on the improvement of women’s rights, including sexual and reproductive rights.
World leaders gather in New York this week to commit to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Our very own Public Affairs Officers shared their thoughts on the role of hygiene and -more specifically- menstrual hygiene- to achieving the new global goals.
We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will attend the ninetieth anniversary celebrations of Simavi on Wednesday, October 28th. Like her mother and grandmother, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix is a patron of Simavi.
In the first week of September, National Programme Coordinators (NPCs) of the UFBR and ASK Programme visited the Netherlands. We had a short chat with Ghana's and India's NPCs.
Independent researchers studied over 200 projects implemented by Dutch development organisations. This also included the SRHR Alliance and the WASH Alliance, in wich Simavi takes part. Read more about the unique evaluations.