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Simavi at the 2017 Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, USA

From October 16-20, the 2017 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 2017 the main themes are: Climate resilience; WaSH and gender; Drinking water safety; Addressing disparities in WaSH: Rural, peri-urban, and indigenous populations; WaSH in non-household settings; and From evidence to action.

Simavi is attending the conference. Our Programme Officer SRHR, Hilda Alberda, and Ritu PMLE Officer, Ahmed Khabir, will give a presentation about evidence-based programming in WASH and menstrual health to ensure gender equality. Hilda will present the case of Ritu in Bangladesh.

The objective of the Ritu programme is to improve health and well-being, and social and economic participation of girls between 10 and 13 years old living in Netrokona, Bangladesh. On average, a woman spends seven years of her life menstruating, making menstruation a natural and essential part of the reproductive cycle and thus of women’s health and well-being. Morveover, it is a highly relevant theme as it plays a role in the interplay between health, hygiene, socio economic participation, education and gender equality.

Learn more about the conference here and have a look at Hilda’s presentation here. A baseline report of the Ritu programme can be found here.

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