Within our work on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), the health of women and girls is of particular concern. Every woman or girl has the right to a safe pregnancy, a safe birth and (if necessary) a safe interruption of an unwanted pregnancy.
Despite major improvements over the past decades, approximately 800 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy or childbirth. 99% of maternal deaths occurs in developing countries. Pregnancy is among the leading of death for girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide.
To contribute towards a healthy community.
Although every individual programme had its own set of objectives, the focus remained contributing towards a healthy community with a special focus on women and young people. The goals for every project were:
- Empowering communities by stimulating people to establish and demand good SRHR services;
- Sustainable services by improving access to and quality of SRHR information and services;
- Enabling environment by facilitating the mobilisation of resources for SRHR.
In 2015, Simavi implemented community health projects focussing on SRHR in Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, India and Bangladesh. These projects were financed through funds from private donors, corporate sponsors and foundations in the Netherlands. They have been implemented according to Simavi’s Theory of Change.
All programmes aimed at empowering communities and stimulating people to demand the establishment of good quality SRHR services. All programmes included elements of capacity building for health providers.
The projects mainly focused at improving access to and quality of SRHR information and services, comprehensive sexuality education, advocating for better services and capacity building of health providers. Thus contributing towards healthy communities with a special focus on women and youth.
All programmes aimed at facilitating the mobilisation of resources for SRHR, enhancing dialogue on SRHR topics between communities, government authorities and public services.
In 2015, we have focused on implementing our Theory of Change within all Simavi Community Health projects. Several key outcome and output indicators that Simavi tracks with its partners are:
- 53,492 people (target: 26,314) directly reached with education on SRHR/WASH;
- 45,451 people (target: 22,000) people whi participated in awareness raising.
- 759 people (target: 249) qho learned about social accountability or trained on policy influencing.
- 942,349 people (target: 529,586) utilising WASH;
- 139,313 people (target: 70,525) with access to improved sanitation services.
You can find a complete programme results overview of 2015 here.