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Great things are happening in India

February 22, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cars, Cycling, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Walking Post a comment!

If Indian cities can succeed in reclaiming space from cars and giving it back to people...surely other cities can as well!

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LiST

January 29, 2016 By Peter Berti Advocacy, Maternal & child health Post a comment!

We estimate that through the Pakur project 159 neonatal deaths and 7 maternal deaths were averted. If the program in Pakur was scaled up to reach all of India, each year there would be 770,000 neonatal deaths and 32,000 maternal deaths averted.

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Promoting health, resisting corporate influence

January 5, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cars, Dhaka, Livable Cities Post a comment!

Promoting health requires government policies to reduce the ability of corporations to promote health-damaging products. In order to build the skills of its network members, HealthBridge's local partner held a workshop a couple days ago...in which the main presenters were people with disabilities.

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It’s all about our people

November 24, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Advocacy, Children, Cycling, Health care, Healthy Eating, Impact, India, Maternal & child health, NCDs, Nutrition, Walking Post a comment!

By HealthBridge Executive Director Sian FitzGerald

There’s no doubt that HealthBridge has made an impact in the last year – HealthBridge in Vietnam has contributed to saving hundreds of lives by strengthening the country’s Tobacco Control and Alcohol Control laws, and ensuring their implementation through the National Strategy for NCD Control.  In Asia and Africa we have helped vulnerable people access public spaces and safe walking and cycling, for their physic

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The biggest obstacle to carfree cities isn’t impracticality

October 29, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cycling, Happiness, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

It may be hard to imagine a carfree city and even harder to believe that one would be possible. But the first step towards creating change is to believe in it! I invite you to open your mind to the possibility of a vastly better life...and then start working to achieve it.

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What do the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mean for HealthBridge?

October 21, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Advocacy, Children, Livable Cities, Maternal & child health, NCDs, Nutrition Post a comment!

The world has new development goals. On Sept. 25, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the world’s blueprint for development until 2030. Will the SDGs make a difference for HealthBridge? In some ways, certainly. 

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Celebrating World Carfree Day

September 24, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Children, Dhaka, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

What happens when we take a tiny bit of road space away from cars and motorbikes, and turn it over to people? An explosion of fun and joy; expansion of social networks; and a realization that this would be a really great thing to do throughout the city and throughout the year!

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It doesn’t get much better than this

September 13, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cycling, Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Socializing, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

We could say that it is impossible to make significant changes to reduce climate change, and thus to accept devastating results. Or we could be brave and work towards a solution that would not only dramatically reduce carbon emissions, but make our cities, and thus our lives, better in ever so many ways.

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Does over-specializing make it impossible to solve global problems?

September 8, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cycling, Public Transit, Walking Post a comment!

We can try to solve one global problem at a time. If so, we should not be surprised that we are not getting very far. It would be far more sensible to look for connections and engage in actions that would address a number of important issues, including economics, health, environment, and social wellbeing.

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Alphabet soup vs. honesty

August 18, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cycling, Livable Cities, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

We can explain away every single car crash...but perhaps it's time that we noticed that it is cars themselves that are deadly.

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