Working towards healthy lives and well-being for all

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June 2017


Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3) aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all. Access to improved WASH services can prevent at least 9.1% of the global disease burden and 6.3% of all deaths, and can significantly reduce stunting among children. In addition, clean energy solutions can save millions of lives. How is our work contributing to #SDG3? Follow the discussions on our website and on Twitter.




Fulfilling an urgent need for clean cookstoves in Vietnam


The majority of people living in the countryside of Vietnam rely on inefficient, polluting cookstoves for daily cooking. Ms. Vu Thi Nhan recently switched to a clean cookstove and is now enjoying the multiple benefits. Her story now needs to spread so that the whole community will eventually enjoy a cleaner and healthier environment.


Targeting decentralised energy with international climate finance


SNV and other development organisations have been saying this for a while, but now the call for climate finance to be better targeted towards small-scale decentralised energy has been reinforced by experts from a Dutch policy institute, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). Check out the recently published report. 




The power of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition


We recently published the first of six technical briefs based on learnings from the Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) project in Uganda & Zambia. The brief provides a set of recommendations for improved inter-sectoral and multi-sectoral governance and implementation. Read more.


Improving the livelihoods of Cambodian farmers


The Cambodia Horticulture Advancing Income and Nutrition (CHAIN) project aims to provide sustainable income growth to 15,000 farmers and improved food security and nutrition to 24,000 households. Read the stories of some of the people who have been impacted by the project. 




The ins-and-outs of achieving open defecation free villages


Through support from the NOURISH project, three villages in Cambodia’s Battambang Province were recently declared open defecation free. To get a better understanding of what this means, let’s take a closer look at what happened, why this matters, and how it was accomplished.


Towards 100% access to improved sanitation in Bhutan


In Bhutan, poor sanitation accounts for 30% of health cases reported. Girls often miss days of school during their period because they lack access to hygienic toilets and sanitary napkins. Plus, the economic impacts are often overlooked. Read how the Sustainable Sanitation & Hygiene for All (SSH4A) programme is tackling these issues.


An entrepreneurial approach to public health in Niger


Most public markets in Niamey, Niger entirely lack any sanitation facilities. In the face of this problem, Djibril Seydou saw both a way to improve sanitation and health in the community as well as a business opportunity. With a grant from the YAWWA programme, Djibril developed a simple, yet innovative technology: mobile public toilets.


Challenges & opportunities for women’s economic empowerment in agriculture


Even when access to productive resources is guaranteed, women farmers often benefit less than men farmers from extension advice. We need to turn our attention to the larger environment, examine and correct pervasive gender biases in organisations and alter service provision so that it is not biased against women. Read a post by Raymond Brandes, EOWE Programme Manager.
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