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18 February 2016

SEHATI: Accelerating access to sanitation and hygiene facilities in Indonesia

Simavi’s SHAW programme has been successful in reaching out to 1.5 million people in Indonesia to practice healthy behaviour. Now it’s time to build on these foundations in a new programme: SEHATI (Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene in East Indonesia’. Together with five local partners (Yayasan Dian Desa, Plan International, CD Bethesda, Rumsram, Yayasan Masyarakat Peduli) and support from IRC WASH, Simavi will work in Eastern Indonesia to accelerate access to sustainable sanitation and hygiene facilities and sustain improvements in hygiene behaviour and practices.

A look back at SHAW

SHAW was the first programme in Indonesia to focus on all five pillars of STBM (Community-Based total Sanitation): 1) Open Defecation Free communities; 2) Washing hands with soap and running water at critical moments; 3) Household water treatment and safe storage of water and food; 4) Solid waste management; 5) Liquid waste management. In the five years (2010-2015) that SHAW ran, we proved that implementing all five pillars in an integrated manner at community level without any subsidy is not only possible, but produces better results in sustaining healthy living behaviour.

However, in its present form, it would take a long time and over €1 billion euro for the SHAW approach to reach the entire rural population. Therefore the SEHATI programme is based on a more efficient model that will still  achieve the same valuable impact.

A new programme, an adjusted approach

This adjusted model will accelerate progress in sanitation and hygiene by strengthening the capacity of local government actors (at district, sub-district and community level), private sector sanitation entrepreneurs and other local stakeholders. We’ll do this by equipping stakeholders with the right models, approaches, tactics, tools and skills to achieve full coverage in their districts.

Universal access to sanitation by 2019

We’re happy to announce that SEHATI began on the 1st of February, and Simavi and its consortium partners are looking forward to the next 3.5 years in which we will try to achieve 100% STBM in expanded areas of the SHAW programme.

We envision that by 2018 local government authorities in seven districts in Eastern Indonesia will ensure sustainable sanitation and hygiene through the implementation of the STBM 5-pillars. Our ultimate goal is to develop a workable model that can be applied anywhere in Indonesia and has the potential to accelerate progress towards achieving universal coverage of water and sanitation in Indonesia. We hope that the success factors will be replicated in the whole of Indonesia to help the government attain its vision of achieving universal access to sanitation by 2019.

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