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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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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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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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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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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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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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