Recent Blog Entries: Advocacy
If Indian cities can succeed in reclaiming space from cars and giving it back to people...surely other cities can as well!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We can explain away every single car crash...but perhaps it's time that we noticed that it is cars themselves that are deadly.