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Visiting a vastly more liveable Hanoi!

October 11, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Cycling, Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!

 The streets were full of life: thriving sidewalk cafes with diners watching the activity on the streets, children cycling, musicians playing, traditional actors performing, and a sense of enjoyment of the city.

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Carfree Day Celebrations

September 21, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Accessibility, Advocacy, Cars, Cities, Cycling, Dhaka, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Our events include various types of playful activities in the streets, to raise awareness of how much more space—and fun—we could have if our streets weren’t clogged with cars.

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Promoting accessibility and inclusivity: big words, but can we achieve them?

August 22, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Accessibility, Cities, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Urban Planning Post a comment!

When a city is completely inaccessible for people with disabilities, where do we start? Or should we just throw up our hands and declare defeat? 

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Understanding women’s birthing preferences in rural Vietnam

August 16, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Children, Health care, Maternal & child health, MNCH, Vietnam Post a comment!

The other thing that was unsurprising, but resonated with me nonetheless, was that very few women chose to deliver their babies at health facilities. If they did go to a health facility for delivery, it was most likely because they experienced excessive, prolonged pain during labour. Women preferred home delivery for different reasons.

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Monsoon rain and traffic jams: thoughts on women’s access to health care in rural Vietnam

July 26, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Children, Health care, Healthy Eating, Maternal & child health, Nutrition, Vietnam Post a comment!

It got me thinking about how challenging it can be to access health services for those who live in a remote location, even without the added element of weather. 

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The Carfree Tree

July 15, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Cycling, Dhaka, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Isn’t it just a tad wimpy to shrug and say, “Can’t be done”?

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Getting health onto the global urban agenda

July 14, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cities, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, NCDs, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

It will come as no great surprise that city living presents enormous challenges for encouraging healthy behaviours. Foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt and low in nutrients are seemingly available on every street corner.

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These boots were made for walking…

July 7, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

My colleagues at Work for a Better Bangladesh have created a video about walking—and the involvement of young people in creating better pedestrian environments. HealthBridge partners around the world are supporting this movement.

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Fine-tuning how we measure results in our new maternal and child health project

June 30, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Children, Health care, Maternal & child health, Nutrition, Vietnam Post a comment!

Addressing both the supply side (or availability and quality of services) and demand side (the decision and/or ability to access services) is what excites and motivates me about this MNCH project. 

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Not enough play space? Take over the streets!

June 29, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Dhaka, Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

We can create better cities. We can invite and celebrate diversity. Watch the video below. 

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