Simavi is a Netherland-based international nonprofit organization founded in 1925. Simavi’s history was initiated in Indonesia through provision of medical assistance for health institutions. In its early years, Simavi shipped medicines, essential health supplies and resources over the ocean to support the work of medical staff. Ever since then, Simavi has shifted from transporting medicines to working with an integrated approach on local, national and international levels to improve basic health standards in 9 developing countries of 2 continents, Africa and Asia.
Driven by a belief that basic health is a crucial stepping-stone for building a better existence and breaking the cycle of poverty, Simavi aims to have a world in which basic health is accessible to all. To be more focused, Simavi works on two areas which are vital for people: (1) Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH), and (2) Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). We view that everyone has the right to enjoy basic health conditions, including clean water and adequate sanitation; awareness on hygiene; comprehensive reproductive education; and reproductive health care.
WASH and SRHR related health problems cannot be solved by individuals or groups working alone; rather, they require sustainable long-term solutions that allow systems to be changed and stakeholders to be in regular communication with each other. Simavi’s Theory of Change is designed to ensure this will happen by involving everyone, from community, private sector to governmental level, to work together towards the same goal: the structural improvement of basic health.