HealthBridge works with partners world-wide to improve health and health equity through research, policy and action.

Our Impact

In Bolivia, we have helped over 500 families improve their chicken and sheep farming practices. In coming years they will be eating more eggs, milk and meat, and enjoying improved health.

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In rural India, more than 9,000 men and women were educated about maternal and child health. With men’s support, 20% more women gave birth in a health facility and 19% more women received ante-natal care.

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In Vietnam we helped save traditional markets in Hanoi from destruction. This means 270,000 residents still have access to healthy, fresh food and 2,700 vendors retain their livelihoods. 

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Dr. Mark Zuidgeest Treasurer

One of Dr. Zuidgeest’s main research interests is equity and distribution aspects of transport provisions and services, particularly looking at the urban poor in developing and emerging economies. Mark has worked in many different countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America in advisory services as well as in education and research. In HealthBridge he is particularly interested in the Livable Cities program.

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Revitalizing Hanoi’s urban parks

November 11, 2015

Population growth in Vietnam's capital Hanoi has outstripped the capacity of neighborhood parks and playgrounds. While the city government has a plan to make Hanoi green and clean, it lacks policy measures to achieve targets it has set.

With funding from The Asia Foundation, HealthBridge has published the report Urban governance in preservation and management of neighborhood parks/playgrounds in inner-city districts of Hanoi. It makes[…] Keep reading this entry

Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

October 8, 2015

HealthBridge Deputy Director Peter Berti had a letter published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.  He was responding to a paper in which the authors argued that diversity of farm production is not linked to dietary diversity. This is contrary to what many who work in nutrition-sensitive agriculture think and have observed, and is important, as increasing dietary diversity is a key strategy for improving diet and health. 

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Learning (again) to appreciate walking

November 18, 2015 / By Debra Efroymson

Those of us who can easily walk easily take it for granted; those with far more obstacles to walking can, ironically, enjoy it far more. Just a few reflections on the topic as we work towards cities where everyone, regardless of age, sex, or physical challenges, can enjoy the simple but exquisite pleasure of a long walk.

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Livable Cities Video Blog: Public Markets in Nepal

November 11, 2015 / By Guest Blogger

This is part of a series of video blogs by Livable Cities Program Director Kristie Daniel.

Kristie describes recent research that mapped the locations where people can purchase fresh vegetables in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.  Results showed that there are not enough permanent markets in the city, and that mobile vendors play an important role in ensuring access to healthy foods:


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