Our year in one page
Simavi realises structural improvement to the health conditions of people in marginalised communities in Africa and Asia. By tackling WASH and SRHR issues we can stop preventable diseases and boost social and economic development.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights
A pivotal year for Simavi
Several major programmes ended in December and we have been developing and securing funding for new ones. All while maintaining our ongoing efforts in the field, advocating at international and national levels, and taking strategic steps to maximise our impact. Moreover, we celebrated our 90th anniversary. Last year we said we would choose optimism: what a rewarding choice this turned out to be.
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our journey in 2015
All our programmes are based on three integrated pillars, which we work on simultaneously in order to realise long-lasting change. These are the three pillars:
Empower communities to demand quality services and to practice healthy behaviour.
Create a supportive, enabling environment in which all stakeholders are aware of their roles and responsibilities, work together and can be held accountable.
Ensure that people use affordable, suitable and sustainable WASH and SRHR services.
By working simultaneously on the three pillars, we are able to change health and WASH systems and realise sustainable improvement to the health conditions of people in marginalised communities in Africa and Asia.
Impact through our theory of change
Communities better understand and monitor the health situation in their villages. People take better care of their health: e.g. by knowing the value of washing their hands, or requesting skilled midwives to attend births.
people were directly reached with WASH and/or SRHR education.
Stakeholders are aware it is their responsibility to deliver quality health services in line with the needs of the community.
people learned about social accountability or were trained in policy influencing.
Communities experience significant growth in the effective and sustainable use of WASH and SRHR services.
people got access to WASH or SRHR services.
people were reached with education (target 358,521)
recommendations or lobby issues taken over by authorities (target 7)
people with access to improved sanitation services (target 70,525)
people were directly reached with education on SRHR (target 1,055,454)
partner organisation conducted an advocacy plan (target 14)
people used SRHR consultation services / facilities who ensure safe and conscious pregnancy (target 660,659)
Simavi works with partners around the world to improve the health of marginalised communities in Africa and Asia. To be able to do this, we mobilise donors, advocate for improved policies on WASH and SRHR and engage many people to help us reach our ambition.
Income and expenditure
From every Euro
Social enterprise Dopper provided substantial and long term support for our WASH projects in Nepal.
With the support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery we kicked off our Making Periods Normal programme to enhance full participation of women in daily life in India. The results exceeded all expectations.
By working together with Dutch knowledge institute TNO and Bangladeshi private sector partners we are developing an affordable, fully biodegradable sanitary napkin.
Campaigns and events
On the occasion of our 90th anniversary her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix was invited to the opening of our special photo exhibition ‘Prevention is better’. The photographs were taken by Raymond Rutting (photojournalist of the year 1997 and 2004) in Ghana and highlight the necessity and impact of our work.
This year on World Toilet Day, we launched the ‘I love my toilet’ campaign. In cooperation with CWS Nederland, we encouraged people to talk about the toilet and make a selfie. The campaign reached more than 700,000 people to raise awareness on the poor sanitation circumstances in the developing world.
During the UN Conference on Population Development (CPD) in New York, Simavi organised a side event on the importance of SRHR services for young people. The meeting ended with an important statement of the Minister from Ghana in favour of full access to comprehensive SRHR for young people. A milestone!
These are our goals for 2016
We would love to hear what you think about them!