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Recent Blog Entries:

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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June 27, 2016 By Peter Berti Agriculture, Bolivia, Nutrition Post a comment!

Can chickens make a difference to the diet of the rural poor? I think so, and so does Bill Gates, but a few others disagree with him.

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Greening the city

June 21, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Agriculture, Dhaka, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Nutrition, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

The list of benefits was so long that my eyes started to glaze over. Green roofs would mean cooler buildings, helping to reduce the urban heat island effect. People would have the opportunity to come into more contact with greenery and living things; their stress would thus decline.

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Food security and malnutrition: Reflections on the project in uplands Vietnam

June 15, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Agriculture, Healthy Eating, Malnutrition, Nutrition, Thailand, Vietnam Post a comment!

As the Field to Fork project has now wrapped up, Ky – Research Officer at HealthBridge Vietnam – has offered some insights into project achievements in Son La and Hue province of Vietnam.

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Let’s regain our public spaces

June 9, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Advocacy, Cars, Dhaka, Exercise, Funding, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

Having grown up enjoying the beauty of Western Ghats in a small town of South India, moving to a highly dense city like Dhaka was a huge challenge. In contrast to the morning fog, roads meandering between the hills, coffee orchards and chirping birds, in the city lives were constrained and controlled by technology and machines. 

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Give them space, they will play!

May 31, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Children, Dhaka, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

The more space we give to cars, the more we demand. Instead let's return some space to people!

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May 9, 2016 By Peter Berti Post a comment!

Prime Minister Trudeau made an announcement this morning about continued funding for the Global Fund.

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