Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Worldwide, nearly 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water.
Almost 40% of the world population does not have a toilet. That is 2,6 billion people.
This lack of safe drinking water and proper sanitation mainly affects the poorest areas in developing countries. These are the areas and countries where Simavi is active. Access to safe drinking water and toilets help ensure that more children go to school, help families not having to spend as much money as before on medicines and health care. Women have to spend less time taking care of sick family members and not have to walk kilometers everyday for safe drinking water.
Our work on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Simavi gives people in poor areas a healthy future by working with local partners in providing safe drinking water, sanitation and personal hygiene. Together with local organizations Simavi builds water wells, pumps and latrines and provides hygiene education. Local volunteers teach children how important it is to wash your hands after using the toilet. This reduces not only mortality, but people are sick less often.
Simavi committed itself, together with Dutch and international partners, to the recognition of the right to water and sanitation as a human right in the United Nations. As of 2010, Simavi is the lead agency of the WASH alliance, the international alliance on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
In addition, Simavi stimulates local governments in Africa and Asia and donors such as the Dutch government to earmark sufficient funds for water programmes.
Simavi specifically focuses on four themes that are most important for mothers, their families and their environment. Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is one of these themes.