Our year in one page

Health is the first step out of poverty

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.

WASH logo

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

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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:

Empowered communities

Empower communities to demand quality services and to practice healthy behaviour.

Enabling environment

Create a supportive, enabling environment in which all stakeholders are aware of their roles and responsibilities, work together and can be held accountable.

Sustainable services

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

Empowered communities

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.



Target: 2,394,099

people were directly reached with WASH and/or SRHR education.

More results

Enabling environment

Stakeholders are aware it is their responsibility to deliver quality health services in line with the needs of the community.



Target: 1,655

people learned about social accountability or were trained in policy influencing.

More results

Sustainable services

Communities experience significant growth in the effective and sustainable use of WASH and SRHR services.



Target: 6,896,382

people got access to WASH or SRHR services.

More results

Our Theory of Change in Practice: 10 programmes,  within which we implemented 120 projects in 9 countries  with 90 partners,  with over 2.4 million people making use of SRHR or WASH services and facilities.

Sustainably improving basic health for all: case studies

In Bangladesh, through our budget tracking methodology, we managed to secure an average increase of 14% of the local government’s WASH budgets.

  • 168,325

    people were reached with education (target 358,521)

  • 4

    recommendations or lobby issues taken over by authorities (target 7)

  • 139,313

    people with access to improved sanitation services (target 70,525)

In India, SRHR service availability and use increased dramatically, ranging from a fourfold increase in delivery by skilled birth attendants to a ninefold increase in prenatal consultations. The total number of all SRHR services increased sixfold. Innovations such as the use of mobile health applications for frontline health workers contributed to this behavioural change.

  • 2,307,605

    people were directly reached with education on SRHR (target 1,055,454)

  • 12

    partner organisation conducted an advocacy plan (target 14)

  • 9,831,782

    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

Income 2015

  • Government grants
  • Interest income
  • Other income
  • Direct fundraising
  • 3rd party campaigns

Expenditure 2015


From every Euro

  • 92 cents are spent on our main objective: basic health for all
  • 4 cents are spent on fundraising activities
  • 4 cents are spent on organisational management

Our stakeholders

  • 19,258

    private donors
  • 15

  • 38

  • 3

    institutional funds
    & governments
  • 59

  • 18

  • 90

  • 10

    alliances and


  • Dopper


    Social enterprise Dopper provided substantial and long term support for our WASH projects in Nepal.

    Congratulate Dopper
  • Nationale Postcode Loterij

    The Dutch Postcode Lottery

    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.

    Congratulate Postcode Lottery
  • TNO


    By working together with Dutch knowledge institute TNO and Bangladeshi private sector partners we are developing an affordable, fully biodegradable sanitary napkin.

    Congratulate TNO

Campaigns and events


90 years Simavi

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.

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I love my toilet

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.

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Campaigning for Youth Friendly Services at UN CPD

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!

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These are our goals for 2016

We would love to hear what you think about them!

Objectives 2016

  • In 2016 we will start implementing 9 new and innovative WASH and SRHR programmes in order to reach our goal of structurally improving 10 million people's health by 2020.
  • In 2016 we will finalise and implement our new PME strategy based on evidence-based programming for more impact. We will be partnering with the Impact Centre Erasmus in this process.
  • In 2016 we will continue to advocate for better representation of WASH and SRHR targeting the poor and vulnerable in the Sustainable Development Goals indicators.
  • What would you like to see Simavi achieve in 2016? Let us know here. Submit your idea

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