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Bidis or bananas?

June 19, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Bangladesh, Healthy Eating, Smoke-free, Tobacco control Post a comment!

Activists have to learn to argue the case for tobacco taxation, so that bananas will no longer be cheaper than bidis (hand-rolled cigarettes).

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Learning to eat right

May 24, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Bangladesh, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Nutrition Post a comment!

I’m working with interns at the Institute of Wellbeing to start developing guidelines for school and university canteens that will be better for both health and the environment.

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Exercising our need to socialize

May 15, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Bangladesh, Dhaka, Exercise, Happiness, Socializing, Walking Post a comment!

How great it is when morning exercise is not only healthy and enjoyable, but a way to reconnect with others in our busy lives!

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Development stories with love?

May 2, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Advocacy, Happiness, Health care, Maternal & child health, MNCH, Nepal Post a comment!

Who says rural villages in Nepal can’t have great, love stories? And that I can’t write about them?

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Coffee without cigarettes?

April 18, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Smoke-free, Tobacco control, Vietnam Post a comment!

It’s great to see the international progress on tobacco control…but also useful (albeit painful) to have the occasional reminder of how far we still have to go.

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Getting creative: using games to deliver malnutrition messages

April 4, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Healthy Eating, Malnutrition, Nutrition, Vietnam Post a comment!

Participants buzzed as they discussed possible answers, laughed and cheered when they scored points and sighed when they didn’t. It was just like a TV game show!  

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An ode to mixed use

March 21, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Exercise, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!

Neighbourhoods that combine a mix of housing, shops, and other amenities make life easier and reduce unnecessary travel, key ingredients to a livable city!

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Moments from the 2nd Livable Cities South Asia Regional Meeting

February 28, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Bangladesh, Cars, Children, Cities, Cycling, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Nepal, Public Spaces, Socializing, Walking Post a comment!

Partners and HealthBridge staff from Bangladesh, India and Nepal gathered in Bangalore, Jan 28-Feb 1, 2017, for the 2nd Livable Cities Meet.

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The Catch-22 of infant nutrition and safe childbirth in Son La, Vietnam

February 15, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Health care, Maternal & child health, MNCH, Monitoring, Nutrition, Vietnam Post a comment!

But, what if hospital-based deliveries are associated with lower rates of optimal breastfeeding practices?  This is the situation in Son La. Through our needs and baseline assessments we interviewed over 400 women and found that – by some measurements – delivering in a district or provincial hospital was associated with less optimal breastfeeding practices.

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Safer streets planned for Ho Chi Minh City by promoting walking, cycling and public transit

February 10, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cars, Children, Cycling, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!


Life for pedestrians in Ho Chi Minh City is a little safer now thanks to measures undertaken by the local government, working with HealthBridge Vietnam and World Resource Institute (WRI).

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