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Viva adolescent health!

June 27, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Children, Health care, Maternal & child health, MNCH Post a comment!

This conference was a call to action for government and NGOs to tackle the barriers preventing adolescents from achieving optimal health.

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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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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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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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Cycle Day campaign in Bangalore: fun on two wheels and more

January 5, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cars, Cities, Cycling, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Walking Post a comment!

Thousands of people take to these streets playing traditional games, skating and running, meeting neighbours and making new connections.

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In the name of progress: Vietnam

December 12, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cars, Cities, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!

Cyclists and pedestrians have been literally squeezed out. Crossing the road has become a high risk sport, not for the faint of heart. Do the Vietnamese notice this loss of their own public spaces? I am not sure; climbing out of poverty is probably more pressing. 

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Open the door to ethnic minority men in Vietnam’s delivery rooms

November 28, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Health care, Maternal & child health, MNCH, Vietnam Post a comment!

Ethnic minority women in Vietnam have reported feeling sad and afraid delivering in health facilities without their husbands.  A gender-sensitive approach to the promotion of health facility deliveries needs to account for this, which is why HealthBridge is conducting training on the importance of incorporating men into maternal healthcare service delivery. 

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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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