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Expertise areas

We believe that two factors are decisive for good health and well-being: sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

In recent decades, Simavi has gained extensive knowledge and work experience in both of these areas. Instead of working on either WASH or SRHR, Simavi focuses on linking the two.

Expertise areas and guiding principles

Our expertise areas

All our programmes revolve around the following themes.

Menstrual health

In many countries, menstruation is surrounded by taboos. This affects the health and well-being of women during their menstrual periods, and can have a negative impact on their socio-economic position in the longer term. By giving access to the right information about menstruation, making it a topic that can be discussed, and by making the right facilities available, women can handle their periods in a dignified and hygienic way.


Maternal health

Worldwide, too many women still die during childbirth. Simavi is committed to improving reproductive rights and investing in the health of mothers and newborns (babies up to 28 days old). We do this by informing women about and giving them access to safe and hygienic healthcare, both during pregnancy and during and after delivery. This also includes giving them options for safe and legal abortions and the aftercare they require.

Bodily integrity

Bodily integrity – the right to personal autonomy and self-determination over one’s own body – is an inviolable human right. Our interventions enable women and girls to make informed decisions about their own bodies. We seek solutions to the problems that arise when no SRHR and WASH facilities are available that meet the needs of women and girls.

Water and sanitation

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by poor water and sanitary facilities. Women are often the ones tasked with getting water and, if there are no toilets, women are at risk because they have to relieve themselves in remote places and/or in the dark. Simavi enables women and girls to claim their right to water and sanitary facilities. Together with the community, we ensure that there are WASH facilities, and we focus on the prevailing attitudes towards the roles of men and women.


Hygiene is the theme that unites all the work we do. We define hygiene as the behaviour and conditions that help to keep people healthy and prevent diseases from spreading.


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