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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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ODK

November 15, 2016 By Peter Berti Data, Impact, MNCH Post a comment!

We ran an MNCH household survey for our project in Nepal. The last interview was finished on Saturday, and the data were analyzed and shared with partners yesterday – about 48 hours after the final person was interviewed.

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The Three-Headed Monster

October 30, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Livable Cities Post a comment!

At a recent conference on walking (Walk21) in Hong Kong, I presented on a panel about partnerships. My talk was not only about the groups that people promoting walking could work with, but also the ones we should avoid. Namely, big businesses that are contributing to the problems faced by pedestrians (and cyclists, and public transit users) in cities around the world. My "three-headed monster" is the car/motorbike,…

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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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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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Carfree Day Celebrations

September 21, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Accessibility, Advocacy, Cars, Cities, Cycling, Dhaka, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Our events include various types of playful activities in the streets, to raise awareness of how much more space—and fun—we could have if our streets weren’t clogged with cars.

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Promoting accessibility and inclusivity: big words, but can we achieve them?

August 22, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Accessibility, Cities, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Urban Planning Post a comment!

When a city is completely inaccessible for people with disabilities, where do we start? Or should we just throw up our hands and declare defeat? 

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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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The Carfree Tree

July 15, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Cycling, Dhaka, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Isn’t it just a tad wimpy to shrug and say, “Can’t be done”?

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