Working for basic health since 1925

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Structural improvement of basic health

Simavi has been working to improve basic health for ninety years. Over this time we’ve built up an in-depth knowledge of what – and who – it takes to successfully implement WASH and SRHR programmes and how to keep producing positive and sustainable results. This is what our work stands out for:

[1] We have extensive expertise on WASH and SRHR

We offer our partners a unique combination of WASH & SRHR knowledge and experience, driven by a sustainable approach (as elaborated in our Theory of Change). We are able to monitor the progress of our programmes on each level of our theory of change. Within the fields of WASH and SRHR our focus areas are: socially sustainable WASH, sustainable sanitation, behaviour change communication, maternal mortality audits, menstrual hygiene management and safe motherhood.

[2] We know the situation in the community

Our work is rooted in local communities. In the many years Simavi has been active, we’ve built up an extensive network of reliable and capable local partners in the nine countries we work in.

We’ve gathered a deep understanding of the religious, ethical and cultural sensitivities within every community we work with – this is vital in implementing context specific and culturally relevant community based programmes. It’s only when programmes take into account these aspects that sustainable change can be reached.

We know how to build the capacity of local partners to make sure that the community’s demands are voiced to regional, national and international influential stakeholders, according the law, legislation and regulation of the nine countries we work in.

[3] We create new synergies and partnerships

We’ve established extensive local and international networks in WASH, SHRH and beyond. We look to create new synergies and partnerships within our networks, bringing together partners whose expertise complements each other. With one goal: to facilitate that more people can enjoy basic health. We’re just at home working with the private sector, as government agencies, international foundations, knowledge institutions, NGO networks, local partner NGOs as the people using health services. That’s the way it has to be if we want to increase 10 million people’s basic health by 2020.

[4] We know how to manage complex programmes and reach scale

We manage programmes that are designed to reach entire regions and districts. We unite organisations to create WASH and healthcare solutions together. These international alliances and consortia include multiple stakeholders. For example, we are the lead agency of the Dutch WASH Alliance, a five year programme with 45 million euro budget in 8 countries, we coordinate the Unite Against Child Marriage programme and we’re leading the large MKAJI programme with the Swiss Development Agency SDC.

[5] We work on tomorrow’s solutions today

We work with research partners to ensure we continue to provide innovative and sustainable health solutions.

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