On November 23, Simavi’s WASH programme officer, Selma Hilgersom, will be attending The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases conference (ISNTD Water 2017) in London. She is there on behalf of Sightsavers and Simavi to give a joint presentation focusing on innovative approaches to preventing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), specifically trachoma. Selma gives a sneak preview of her presentation.
Have you ever thought about how many times you have to go to the toilet in a day? Probably not, as it is just like all other basic instincts: when you are hungry, you eat; when you are thirsty, you fetch for water; and when nature calls, you go to the toilet. Simple as that. However, the truth is that 2.4 billion people in the world – one in three – do not have a decent toilet. Actually, more people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
At Simavi, taking responsibility for demonstrating the impact of our work has always been one of the main drivers to achieve our goal: a healthy life for all. In the past few years, we have developed a comprehensive theory of change as the ultimate principle to ensure that we empower behavioural change widely and effectively. But in practice, how do we measure the effectiveness of our work? This is where evidence informed programming comes in.
Although accountability mechanisms such as the Joint Sector Reviews and the UN Voluntary National Reviews exist, it is unclear if there are other national-led mechanisms. In addition to this, there is very little clarity on what the role(s) of CSOs are in these mechanisms, in order to hold governments accountable for the implementation of SDG 6.
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.
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.Meet us here
Simavi aims to provide an integrated package of interventions best suited to the local context. We do that by strengthening the organisational, thematic and lobby & advocacy capacities of our local partner organisations. Our local partners empower people to improve their health through interventions related to all three components of our Theory of Change: informed decision-making, a supportive and enabling environment, and sustainable quality services.
Chief Executive of the Water Supply Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
Mr. Parshahum Prasad
Head of Phadiya Panchayat, social worker (Rathura)
Dr. Chittarnajn Pankaj
Medical Officer, India