Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Find out what we do to structurally improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene. By tackling WASH issues, we can stop preventable diseases and deaths due to poor sanitation, poor hygienic conditions and contaminated drinking water.
Sanitation and safe water supplies are a cornerstone of basic health: access to, and use of, them empowers the development of people, communities and countries. We support communities to structurally improve their WASH status with innovative, sustainable programmes like these
Lotte Rorije-Kuijer is Project Manager Water Supply at Witteveen+Bos. With 11 years of experience at this engineering consultancy, she has been involved amongst others in several water supply projects in Africa. Over the past years Simavi and Witteveen+Bos have collaborated and combined their expertise in different WASH programmes. We asked Lotte about this partnership.
Tyler McMahon is founder and international advisor at SmartPaani, a company formed by experienced technicians, researchers, and businessmen, to provide eco-friendly and economical solutions to water issues in Nepal. SmartPaani designs water systems for new or existing homes that can reduce water requirement from the municipal, groundwater, or tanker water market supply by 50-70 percent a year.
Abdul Khaled (64) lives in Barguna, Bangladesh. As a local entrepreneur, he was selected to join the Entrepreneurship & Social Marketing training. This programme enables private entrepreneurs to start sanitation businesses and increase their understanding of marketing techniques, including social marketing.
Saskia is Simavi’s Programme Manager WASH. She manages and supervises the WASH team in monitoring and developing programmes and funding proposals and advices on WASH policies. With 13 years of experience at Simavi, she is an expert on sustainable WASH. We asked her what she has learned over this time.
Léo Heller is UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. In May 2016, he invited a group of experts, including one of Simavi’s Programme Officers, to take part in an expert consultation on ‘Gender equality in the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation’. This provided input to his annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2016. We spoke to him about his focus on gender dimensions in realising the human right to water and sanitation.