On December 4th, Simavi together with IRC, NWP and DGIS hosted an informal side event in The Hague, where the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Steering Committee met the Dutch WASH sector.
A number of short case studies were presented, highlighting the importance of WASH in schools, health facilities and at the workplace.
Karin Roelofs, Head Water Cluster of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained the opinion of the Dutch ministry about the role of WASH in the Sustainable Development Goals. Aron Winter, ambassador WorldCoaches, and Johan van Geijn, Coordinator CSR programmes KNVB, explain why the Royal Dutch Soccer association (KNVB) participates in the Football for Water programme.
Catarina de Albuquerque, incoming vice-chair of SWA, joins the special ‘hand washing before you eat’ ritual.Ewout van Galen, Director Programmes of Simavi, presented a case about the importance of integration of WASH in health. 100 health clinics in Tanzania are upgraded with water supply and sanitation facilities.
The international and Dutch guests joined a special tour in the Mauritshuis museum. The Mauritshuis is home to the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. A number of short case studies were presented to demonstrate the innovative ways that we all have focused on WASH in schools, health care facilities and the workplace.