A quarter of all deaths of children under the age of five in Ghana are attributable to diarrhoeal diseases linked to polluted water and poor hygiene. Only one in eight families can access a basic hygienic toilet and many people defecate in gutters, streams, or behind a bush.
Simavi’s project proposal ‘Raising Voices for Better Choices: Tracking quality by youth, for youth’ is awarded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Innovation Challenge. Our idea was chosen as one of the five winners for a grant which will enable us to implement this project in Malawi.
During the 49th session of the Conference on Population and Development (CPD) in New York, the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) officially launched the National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database. We spoke with Meghan Doherty and Neha Sood, Policy and Advocacy officers Action Canada and SRI, about the importance of this database and how it could support local communities to improve their sexual rights.
Simavi and TICH-GLUKhave been working together for over 13 years to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls in communities in Western Kenya. The goal is to improve contact between communities, local governments and formal healthcare services, and make sure local governments uphold their responsibilities and commitments.
We’re happy to announce that Simavi has been awarded a second grant by the Waterloo Foundation, a family foundation based in the United Kingdom. The grant will support the ‘WASH and Learn!’ project in the Dodoma region of Tanzania.
Between 2008 and 2013 Simavi and Tabora Development Foundation Trust (TDFT) worked together in the Tabora region to improve the health, environmental and economic conditions of 30 rural communities by providing safe water, effective sanitation and improved hygiene practices. People’s health is continuing to improve. Children are more attentive in school and they generally feel cleaner and better about themselves, offering hope and opportunity for further economic and personal development in the future.
The coastal region of southwest Bangladesh floods easily and water levels can remain high for months. Daily life becomes a struggle as paths disappear and floods damage freshwater ponds and shallow wells. Toilets become unusable and overflow, contaminating water sources with faeces. People are forced to buy drinking water or collect polluted water from rivers or ponds, and some even migrate because they cannot find safe water. In these conditions it’s no surprise that diarrhoeal disease puts many children’s lives at risk.
These women from small villages in Bangladesh became beacons of hope and empowerment through participation in Simavi’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programmes. As inspiring leaders in their communities, they have been able to increase the respect for women and their capacities.
It is often assumed that when women are involved in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) committees, they get more responsibilities and leadership roles, and as a result they empower themselves. Simavi and the Gender and Water Alliance conducted a qualitative case study research to assess if WASH interventions can be instrumental in the empowerment of women.
During the International Conference on Family Planning in January, Simavi partners from Indonesia, India, Ghana and Kenya shared their experiences, hoping to build an international advocacy framework for safe and legal abortion.
A recent publication of the international SRHR Alliance highlights the lessons learned on how health services, healthcare and information should be more inclusive to reach LGBTQI-people (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, queer or intersex).
A proposal to provide youth the power to rate and assess the quality of youth friendly services (YFS) of health facilities by using a mobile phone, is among the 13 finalists of the 2016 David and Lucille Packard Foundation’s Quality Innovation Challenge. It seeks out creative ideas to improve quality in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for adolescents and youth.
Renate Douwes, Simavi’s Programme Officer SRHR, gives a presentation on equipping Ugandan entrepreneurs with tablets to provide comprehensive health and sexuality education, during the 1st International Summit on Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC Summit) in Addis Ababa.
Next week more then 3000 SRHR experts from all around the world will unite at the 4th International Family Planning Conference in Indonesia to discuss and shape solutions for the unmet need for contraceptives. Simavi and our local partners will be present to share best practices and advocate for SRHR for all. Read more about our presentations here.
Tyler McMahon is founder and international advisor at SmartPaani, a company formed by experienced technicians, researchers, and businessmen, to provide eco-friendly and economical solutions to water issues in Nepal. SmartPaani designs water systems for new or existing homes that can reduce water requirement from the municipal, groundwater, or tanker water market supply by 50-70 percent a year.
Ephy Imbali has been the managing director of CABDA, one of our Kenyan partner organisations, for ten years. Together with Simavi, CABDA facilitates communities and schools in constructing rainwater harvesting tanks and wells. In addition, communities are instructed on how to maintain and finance the hardware, and trained in good hygiene. At the end of October Ephy visited the Netherlands to share her story with our partners and donors during an event that marked Simavi’s 90th anniversary. We couldn’t resist the chance to ask her a few questions about her work in Kenya.