How we work towards a healthy life for all
Whilst working towards our mission to achieve a healthy life for all, we seek to support the realisation of the right to health. The right to health is a fundamental part of our human rights, and of our understanding of a life in dignity.
Our Theory of Change summarises our purpose and way of working. Our expertise areas are: menstrual health, maternal health, bodily integrity, water and sanitation, and hygiene. These are the areas in which we combine our focus on women and our specific expertise on WASH and SRHR.
Simavi’s work is grounded in our belief in the power of individual women and girls, and women and girls as a group. We focus on, and start with women and girls and put their needs and priorities at the centre of what we do. This helps to frame our interventions and ensure the steps we take address the challenges they are facing.
Through our work, we contribute to achieving several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations has drafted the SDGs as a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. We contribute directly to four of these seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.
Simavi believes that two factors are crucial in achieving health for all women and girls: sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Women and girls face disproportionate challenges in achieving sexual and reproductive health rights as well as the right to water, sanitation and hygiene compared to men.