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Recent Blog Entries:

A New Vision for Hanoi’s Wet Markets

January 8, 2019 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cities, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Vietnam Post a comment!

At the 9th International Public Markets Conference in Barcelona in 2015, Chau Long Market in Hanoi was listed as one of world’s most endangered markets. 

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Infrastructure improvements in six Ottawa neighbourhoods

October 30, 2018 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Accessibility, Advocacy, Cars, Cities, Cycling, Impact, Livable Cities, Public Transit, Walking Post a comment!

Since 2015, we have been working with residents in six lower-income neighbourhoods to identify improvements needed to make them better places for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders. This has involved door-to-door outreach, sharing circles, active transportation audits, the formation of resident-led working groups, dot-mocracy to prioritize the top needed improvements, and pop-up projects intended to demonstrate how the neighbourhood would improve if the needed improvement were implemented.

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Promoting gender equality in the digital age

August 11, 2018 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Gender, Maternal & child health, Vietnam Post a comment!

Women and girls need to have equal rights, opportunities, and to live free from violence or discrimination.

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Celebrating 10 Years at HealthBridge: A Q&A with Phaeba Abraham

June 27, 2018 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cities, India, Livable Cities, Nepal Post a comment!

Phaeba Abraham is HealthBridge’s South Asia Regional Manager. In 2018, Phaeba celebrated ten years with HealthBridge. Learn about Phaeba’s experience, in her own words! 

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Why I love my neighbourhood

June 13, 2018 By Debra Efroymson Bangladesh, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

I often write about the beauty of public space because I can never say enough about the joy of watching different people gather in a public spot to share good times together.

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Making dreams into reality

May 29, 2018 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cycling, Livable Cities, Vietnam Post a comment!

We have a dream to make our cities cycle-friendly again. The TUMI Award gives us a chance to make our dream into reality. We are honoured and excited to have received the TUMI Award. 

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Ads against walking need to take a hike

May 25, 2018 By Debra Efroymson Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Governments should take a harder stance against ads that discourage healthy behaviours, like walking. 

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“I am proud to be an Ethnic Minority Midwife!”

April 30, 2018 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Health care, Impact, Maternal & child health, MNCH, Vietnam Post a comment!

When I finished my training and came back to the village, I remember using my stethoscope to listen to a fetus’ heartbeat. It was amazing. The women in my village were so excited! I felt so good.

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Experiencing Yen Chau: Reflections from a Public Health Intern

March 29, 2018 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Health care, MNCH, Vietnam Post a comment!

How can individuals and communities achieve complete physical, mental, and social well-being? What are the barriers that prevent “optimal health”?

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Remove Cars, Invite Life

March 26, 2018 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Livable Cities Post a comment!

People are beginning to reclaim streets and these glimpses of lively, inclusive streets have real impact  to create support for policies such as bicycle shares and car free streets.

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