Since 1982 HealthBridge has worked with partners in Asia, Africa and the Americas to improve health and health equity through research, policy and action.
Why give to HealthBridge?
- We aim to improve the health of vulnerable populations, such as those at risk of malnutrition, infectious disease (like malaria) and emerging epidemics, like obesity and tobacco-caused disease;
- We work with local partners to identify and address local needs and local solutions. This increases the sustainability of our programs;
- Small and nimble, we adapt to effectively address gaps in global health. Today we are leaders in weaving a nutrition focus into agriculture interventions and on modeling an ecosystems health approach to improving the wellbeing of local people.
Our time-tested approach has resulted in a number of successes, including:
Saving lives of mothers and children in Nepal and Vietnam
In the mid-west region of Nepal, 1 in 17 families will suffer the loss of a child within its first year of life. Similarly, in ethnic minority communities in northern Vietnam, as many as 1 in 33 infants will not live to see their first birthday. The vast majority of these deaths could be prevented if all women and children received quality health care.
1 in 17 children in Banke district, Nepal, do not survive the first year of life compared to 1 in 250 children in Canada.
Following the success of the Pakur Mother and Child Survival Project in India, where we helped more than 60,000 women and children receive life-saving health care, we are working in remote and rural areas of Nepal and Vietnam to reduce maternal and child illness and death, and improve nutrition for moms and babies from pregnancy to age two. This is the most crucial stage for child survival and development. Our project, Strengthening health systems and improving nutrition in Nepal and Vietnam, is targeting the most vulnerable people living in the most isolated and hard-to-reach areas.
We are working with local organizations to identify locally and culturally appropriate solutions that will result in lasting change, and ensure that improvements in maternal and child survival will carry into the future. The project is focusing on strengthening skills and capacities of health care providers through mentoring, supplies, and the use of technology for improved training and health counselling. We will also promote care-seeking behaviour and reduce gender-related barriers.
Your donation today will:
- Help more than 36,000 women and children gain access to better health care
- Be multiplied by government funding, turning your $50 donation into $500!
Our work supports healthier food systems in communities, and improves agricultural production and the diet of the rural poor. It has contributed to better nutrition and greater food security, and to the global understanding that agriculture interventions are more likely to improve child health when integrated with health and nutrition interventions.
In Bolivia, our work with local partners has resulted in better health through improved animal husbandry practices as a means towards increasing the production and consumption of animal-source foods (meat and eggs). Average egg production went from less than one per day to about four per day and so consumption by families increased from almost nothing to about one-half of an egg per person per day. Meat consumption increased from 90 g to 220 g per person per day.
Women teaching women via women’s groups has been shown to help women improve the diets of their families, particularly children. In Nepal we will facilitate the formation and operation of 129 women’s groups.
Your donation today of:
- $50 will will cover the costs of one women’s group for one year.
- A $200 donation will cover the cost of one group for four years.
Livable Cities ensure access for the most vulnerable to healthy transportation, healthy foods and parks and public spaces.
By supporting access to healthy transportation, children can walk to school safely and without fear of injury from vehicles; adults can walk and ride bicycles for daily activities.
By supporting access to neighbourhood public markets, local residents have access to fresh, healthy food, and the urban poor and local farmers are able to earn a living.
By supporting access to public parks and open spaces, we’re giving kids the opportunity to be kids and adults the opportunity to be physically active, while contributing to healthy development and an active lifestyle.
Our work with local partners and governments globally has resulted in:
- Play spaces for more than 100,000 children;
- Continued walking access to fresh food at affordable prices for more than 270,000 people;
- Women being trained and respected as community advocates.
Your donation today of:
- $1,000 can supply communities with the resources they need to make a local park child-friendly again.
- $2,000 will allow our local partners to analyse traffic and design and map safe routes for pedestrians in ‘vehicle-friendly’ cities.
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HealthBridge is a registered charity and will issue receipts for income tax purposes for donations over $10.
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