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Past Projects


Improving dietary diversity and diet quality through systems innovation – A pilot study in Vietnam

Location: Mai Son district, Son La province, Vietnam

Timeline: June 2014 - February 2017

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Our goal was to identify best practices for improving farm and dietary diversity through participatory communities. We studied farming biodiversity, farming practices, dietary diversity, the food market and natural resources, and conducted analyses that will allow us to develop and test interventions that could improve farm and dietary diversity.

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Nutrition and food security in uplands of Vietnam and Thailand

Location: Vietnam, Thailand

Timeline: 2013-2016

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

The goal of this project was to identify local and practical solutions to improve nutrition and food security of the smallholder farmers using “nutrition-sensitive agriculture solutions” (NSAS). NSAS means that we focus not only on the production of more food, but also the nutritional quality of the food, and what the farmers do with the food.

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Evaluation of behaviour change interventions to improve coverage and adherence of zinc & oral rehydration solutions (ORS) for treatment of diarrhea in Senegal

Location: Senegal

Timeline: February 2014 – February 2016

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

A national mass media campaign is planned in Senegal to encourage families to proactively care for their young children when they have diarrhea. The radio and television messages will encourage families to take their sick child to a health facility, give the child oral rehydration solution (ORS) as well as zinc supplements, and ensure that they give the zinc supplements for the recommended 10 days. In one region of the country, health care providers will be given additional training to improve their counselling skills when they interact with families who bring in their child with diarrhea for treatment.

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Small animals, big changes – Small animal husbandry to improve mother and child nutrition in rural Bolivia

Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia

Timeline: 2012-2015

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

The diet of the rural people of the Andes is based on tubers and grains and has very low levels of nutrient-dense, animal-source foods (meat, milk, eggs). The result is that dietary fat and various vitamins and minerals are often insufficient. In order to address this in a sustainable manner, HealthBridge is working with the Bolivian NGO CENDA to promote animal husbandry (sheep and chickens) in the Andean zone of the department of Cochabamba. Better animal management will lead to increased availability of animal-source foods, and, if promoted appropriately, this will result in increased consumption of these foods and…

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Rapid assessment of impact of Ebola outbreak on integrated community case management in Liberia

Location: Liberia

Timeline: February-October 2015

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Trained community health volunteers provide access to essential primary health care services in contexts where the health system lacks capacity to adequately deliver them. In Liberia, the Ebola outbreak further disrupted health system function. The objective of this study was to examine the value of a community-based health system in ensuring continued treatment of child illnesses during the outbreak and the role that volunteers had in Ebola prevention activities.

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Diagnosing fevers better: Improving diagnosis of febrile illnesses by uniting disease ecology and satellite imagery

Location: Moshi, Tanzania

Timeline: May 2014 – October 2015

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

HealthBridge and colleagues at the University of Ottawa are working with partners in Tanzania to further refine the mosquito habitat mapping (described in the project “Increasing capacity in disease vector modelling to improve malaria and arbovirus mitigation strategies”). This work includes mapping seasonal variation in suitable habitats and developing predictive models of local malaria and arbovirus risk. The seasonal predictions of local malaria and arbovirus risk will be integrated into a smartphone application that will be used to diagnose patients with a fever.

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Evaluation of a Red Cross maternal and child health (MCH) intervention in Honduras

Location: Honduras

Timeline: 2013-2014

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) and the Honduran Red Cross (HRC) ran a five year CIDA-funded community health project, called “REDES” (“Networks”). The objective was to improve the health of vulnerable populations in rural communities of the departments of Copán and Santa Bárbara, Honduras. The organizations worked to strengthen maternal and child health services, specifically to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality and morbidity.

The HRC carried out extensive monitoring throughout the project, including baseline and end line surveys. In order to determine the impact of the REDES project,…

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Increasing capacity in disease vector modelling to improve malaria and arbovirus mitigation strategies

Location: Moshi, Tanzania

Timeline: May 2013 – December 2014

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Managing malaria is difficult, especially in areas where other illnesses, such as arboviruses (like Dengue Fever and Rift Valley Fever), cause fevers that are often misdiagnosed and treated as malaria. Knowing how much habitat is available for mosquitoes that transmit malaria (Anopheles mosquitoes) compared to habitat for mosquitoes that transmit arboviruses (Aedes mosquitoes) can help distinguish the likelihood of malaria infections relative to arbovirus infections. 

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Assessing the dietary intake of women and children in Kenya

Location: Kenya

Timeline: July 2013 – June 2014

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Kenya conducted a national survey of the nutritional status of its population in 2011. In collaboration with the Micronutrient Initiative, HealthBridge analyzed the data on the foods eaten daily by women and young children. This work helped to describe the average amount and types of foods eaten each day, including specific vitamins and minerals that are important for health. We estimated the proportion of women and children who don’t get enough vitamins and minerals in their diet, including iron, vitamin A, zinc and vitamin B-12. We also looked at the most common types of foods eaten by families…

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Compiling global lessons from multi-country research in zinc and iron/folate supplementation

Location: Multi-country study

Timeline: September 2013 – March 2014

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Providing zinc supplements along with oral rehydration to young children for the treatment of diarrhea is a life-saving intervention. Iron/folate supplements help address the common problem of iron deficiency anemia in pregnant women. Global efforts to ensure all children and women in developing countries have access to these programs had made little progress. The Micronutrient Initiative commissioned intensive research studies in nine countries in order to identify the barriers and potential enabling factors to improve the coverage of these programs. HealthBridge’s role in this project was to compile the country reports, synthesize their findings, and disseminate…

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Background study on nutrition in Rwanda

Timeline: 2010-2012

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Information: pberti@healthbridge.ca

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Improved health through agriculture Interventions

Timeline: 2007-2009

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Lupinus mutabilis Sweet, a traditional Ecuadorian grain: Fatty acid composition, use in the Ecuadorian Food system, and potential for reducing malnutrition. [link]

Linking Agriculture and Nutrition Interventions: Within and Without an Ecohealth Approach

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Malaria transmission and land use management in the Ecuadorian Amazon 

Timeline: 2007-2009

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Information – rdesrochers@healthbridge.ca

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Soils, food & healthy communities project

Timeline: 2001-2004, 2004-2007

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Breastfeeding and mixed feeding practices in Malawi: Timing, reasons, decision makers, and child health consequences.

Effects of participatory agriculture and nutrition project on child growth in northern Malawi.

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VitANet: Integration of vitamin A and malaria programs

Timeline: 1998-2000

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Report – Insecticide Treated Nets and Vitamin A Supplementation: An integrated approach to control malaria and micronutrient deficiency Literature Review Paper and Malawi Case Study

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Net Gain for Africa Task Force

Timeline: 1999

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Final report

Information: pberti@healthbridge.ca

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Market Assessment Insecticide Treated Nets in sub-Saharan Africa: 4-country study

Timeline: 1994-1996

Program: Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Final report

Information: pberti@healthbridge.ca

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