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Recent Blog Entries: Maternal & child health

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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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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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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Ages

October 20, 2016 By Peter Berti Impact, Maternal & child health, Monitoring Post a comment!

Figuring out how old a child is harder than you might think, and treatment of age data requires special attention.

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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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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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Until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes…

February 11, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Children, Health care, Maternal & child health Post a comment!

I was very inspired after this conversation and also somewhat humbled thinking that I would never have the same understanding as him of the barriers faced by families living in remote, rural areas. Nor would I have the same insights about how to overcome them.  

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LiST

January 29, 2016 By Peter Berti Advocacy, Maternal & child health Post a comment!

We estimate that through the Pakur project 159 neonatal deaths and 7 maternal deaths were averted. If the program in Pakur was scaled up to reach all of India, each year there would be 770,000 neonatal deaths and 32,000 maternal deaths averted.

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It’s all about our people

November 24, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Advocacy, Children, Cycling, Health care, Healthy Eating, Impact, India, Maternal & child health, NCDs, Nutrition, Walking Post a comment!

By HealthBridge Executive Director Sian FitzGerald

There’s no doubt that HealthBridge has made an impact in the last year – HealthBridge in Vietnam has contributed to saving hundreds of lives by strengthening the country’s Tobacco Control and Alcohol Control laws, and ensuring their implementation through the National Strategy for NCD Control.  In Asia and Africa we have helped vulnerable people access public spaces and safe walking and cycling, for their physic

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