The only way to create lasting change is by sustainably investing in people’s health. We believe that there are two crucial factors that determine good health and well-being: sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). To enable disadvantaged people, especially women and girls, to enjoy a healthy life, we empower them to improve their hygiene practice and make use of sustainable drinking water and sanitation services, and make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Free from discrimination, coercion and violence.

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As well as studying Water Science and Management at Utrecht University, Irene Otieno is part of Simavi’s programme department on WASH Policy Influencing and Social Inclusion. Irene grew up in a village in Homabay county, Kenya, and she is fiercely committed to fighting the global water, sanitation and hygiene crisis by positively influencing WASH policy. We asked her three questions ahead of the forthcoming Global Citizens Festival, where she will share her personal story with the crowd.

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To achieve a healthy life for all we work together to ensure that disadvantaged people in low- and middle-income countries practice healthy behaviours based on their own free and informed decisions.

Simavi has been working to improve basic health for ninety years

Over this time, we have acquired an extensive body of knowledge on how to successfully develop and implement programmes to improve people’s health and rights – and we are still learning every day.

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Action happens when people demand

Volunteer at NEEDS, India

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Let’s reach the whole population

Chief Executive of the Water Supply Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

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Increase awareness of harmful behaviour

Head of Phadiya Panchayat, social worker (Rathura)

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Collaboration brings synergy and achievements

Medical Officer, India