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Max Foundation

Max Foundation’s integrated approach combines nutrition with WASH and care to tackle undernutrition and stunting effectively.

Max Foundation works towards a healthy start for every child, and is currently active in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Ethiopia.

To create the biggest impact, Max Foundation developed the Healthy Village approach: an integrated approach of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), nutrition, and health components, including safe motherhood.

The Healthy Village approach mobilises all stakeholders in a community towards the common goal of child health, and incentivises entrepreneurship in the fields of sanitation, nutrition, health, hygiene, and agriculture to drive long-lasting behaviour change. Because healthy children come from healthy communities.

Max Foundation always strives for efficiency – the maximum value for money spent – and believes in the power of collaboration and engagement to move forward. It’s only by working together, that we can ensure a healthy start for every child.

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Laurien de Vos and Suzan van der Wilt

Laurien de Vos is senior public affairs advisor at Max Foundation for Right2Grow since April 2021. She has a background in international relations, human rights and diplomacy and worked at Amnesty International in the human rights policy department.

She collaborates closely with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands and in the programme countries towards joint objectives and sustainable impact.

By aligning with national and international actors, together with the communities Right2Grow works with, their local organisations, private sector and government partners, Right2Grow aims to get to zero undernutrition and to zero people without access to basic WASH services.

Suzan van der Wilt joined Max Foundation in 2015. As portfolio manager, she is – together with the country offices – responsible for Max Foundation’s integrated WASH-Nutrition-Care programmes in Bangladesh, Nepal and Ethiopia. Within Max Foundation, Suzan also manages the Right2Grow programme, a strategic partnership which addresses undernutrition in a multi-sectoral, gender-sensitive and inclusive way.