Recent Blog Entries: Children
This conference was a call to action for government and NGOs to tackle the barriers preventing adolescents from achieving optimal health.
Partners and HealthBridge staff from Bangladesh, India and Nepal gathered in Bangalore, Jan 28-Feb 1, 2017, for the 2nd Livable Cities Meet.
Life for pedestrians in Ho Chi Minh City is a little safer now thanks to measures undertaken by the local government, working with HealthBridge Vietnam and World Resource Institute (WRI).
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.
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.
Addressing both the supply side (or availability and quality of services) and demand side (the decision and/or ability to access services) is what excites and motivates me about this MNCH project.
The more space we give to cars, the more we demand. Instead let's return some space to people!
I was very inspired after this conversation and also somewhat humbled thinking that I would never have the same understanding as him of the barriers faced by families living in remote, rural areas. Nor would I have the same insights about how to overcome them.
I often blog about what I would like to see happen...today I write about sharing of some of our successful programs to return street spaces to more important uses than just traffic jams for cars.
We take very seriously people's desire to own a car or motorbike...why do we pay so little attention to people's demands for affordable housing, quality education and health care, and attractive, usable public spaces? Would people value car ownership less if they realized what the ownership means in terms of other choices...?