Ephy Imbali has been the managing director of CABDA, one of our Kenyan partner organisations, for ten years. Together with Simavi, CABDA facilitates communities and schools in constructing rainwater harvesting tanks and wells. In addition, communities are instructed on how to maintain and finance the hardware, and trained in good hygiene. At the end of October Ephy visited the Netherlands to share her story with our partners and donors during an event that marked Simavi’s 90th anniversary. We couldn’t resist the chance to ask her a few questions about her work in Kenya.
Climate change has a direct effect on water: droughts, floods and rising sea levels will complicate the realisation of access to sustainable WASH services for all by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goal 6). Availability of sustainable and good quality WASH services can help communities cope with the consequences of climate change and therefore are more urgent than ever.
Bangladesh is a country battling against water. Climate change has worsened the situation. Droughts, floods and a rising sea level are a constant threat to life and livelihood of the Bangladeshis. To create awareness on the issues surrounding water, Simavi's partner Development Organisation of Rural Poor (DORP) organised a photo exhibition in Dhaka recently.
In 2016 Simavi, Solidaridad and Healthy Entrepreneurs will start a new 5 year programme to improve women’s economic opportunities in artisanal and small-scale gold mining communities in Ghana and Tanzania. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced this week that our proposal for the Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) II fund, has been granted.
Traumatic, degrading and dangerous. These are just of the few words that describe unsafe abortion that is still the norm in Indonesia. Safe abortion activists in the country are trying to reverse this trend. Last week Simavi supported an event about Safe abortion in Bali. Read the opinions of the participants.
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Ritu is a girl’s name that means ‘season’ in Bangladesh. It also refers to a girl’s monthly period and is the name of an animation figure that plays a central role in one of Simavi’s most recent programmes. Main goal is to improve the health, well-being, and social and economic participation of women and girls. Read more about this programme.
November 11-12 an international conference on the nexus between WASH and nutrition security took place in the city of Bonn. Our colleague Elbrich Spijksma, senior programmes officer WASH, together with Pamela Teddy of HEWASA (a Ugandan partner organisation of Simavi, participated. Elbrich shares her thoughts about WASH and Nutrition, the theme of this year’s World Toilet Day.
November 19 is World Toilet Day – a day to honour the toilet. We often take this place for granted. Still 1/3rd of the world’s population does not have access to safe and clean sanitation. Therefore Simavi launched the I Love My Toilet (#Ilovemytoilet) campaign, which kickstarted on November 16. We encourage you to talk about your comfort zone – the toilet. It’s about time for an homage.
2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, that is one third of the world's population! World Toilet Day is an urgent call to fulfill everybody’s right to have access to adequate sanitation. Simavi joins World Toilet Day.
On the occasion of Simavi’s 90th anniversary, our Dutch partners, donors, volunteers and patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix, were invited to the opening of the photo exhibition ‘Prevention is better, 90 years Simavi’.
Jan Rotmans, Professor of Transitions and Transition Management, stirred our minds by sharing his vision about the transition our society is currently going through. He argues that we are in a change of eras comparable to the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. Jan believes that we are moving towards Society 3.0: decentralised, bottom-up, flexible and with small networks instead of a society dominated by bureaucracy and large companies. We asked Jan what these changes will mean for organisations and individuals in the development sector.
From October 26-30, the 2015 Water and Health Conference takes place at Chapel Hill in the United States. The conference, organised by The Water Institute at UNC, considers drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. Simavi is present to share our expertise and experience.
In northern Ghana, effective antenatal care (ANC) delivery is hampered by low quality services due to a lack of equipment and shortages of staff. To tackle this problem and reduce maternal mortality, Simavi and knowledge institute TNO join hands in an innovative project: Check2gether.
Every year 14 million girls are married as children. That’s one girl every three seconds who is married off too soon, endangering her health and development. On Wednesday 7 October 2015, the Dutch Child Marriage Fund Alliances together with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs organise a full day expert meeting on child marriage.