Recent News Entries: Health, Nutrition & Food Security
The Healthy Food Policy Advocacy Fund has welcomed HealthBridge Vietnam as a new grantee and partner in the global fight for healthy food policies.
By: Debra Efroymson
HealthBridge is pleased to be part of the advocacy efforts to raise awareness about the need for and the possibility of establishing a Health Promotion Foundation in Bangladesh. Along with Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust, ThaiHealth, Bangladesh Institute of Planners, and the Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance, HealthBridge recently co-organized “The Conference on Sustainable Funding for Health Promotion” virtually, on February 8th and 9th, in addition to an invitation-only post-conference workshop on February 10th. Speakers at the conference included…
Impact Story: The Importance of the Kitchen Garden
Phattepur is a large region of Raptipari in Midwestern Nepal encompassing about 3,000 households. The region has a diverse population, with several different ethnic and religious groups living there, including Madhesi, Muslim, Tharu, and Nepali. International Nepal Fellowship (INF) and HealthBridge Foundation of Canada are implementing a four-year maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) project in this area. The project is funded by Global Affairs Canada. Local Mothers’ Groups are an important part of this project – they are a monthly group led by Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHV),…
In October 2019, Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA) Vietnam launched in Hanoi. The inauguration event brought together 25 participants from civil society organizations, the Government Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, Ministry of Health, National Institute of Nutrition, Women’s Union, and other stakeholder agencies.
The 2017 HealthBridge Annual Report is here—with a fresh, new look!
The findings from a HealthBridge Foundation of Canada and Centro de Comunicación y Desarrollo Andino (CENDA)-led nutrition-sensitive agricultural intervention reveal that increased chicken rearing can lead to increased egg consumption—which can lead to improved household nutrition.
"They were also educating members of the community about nutrition and a healthier diet. The result is simple: the community is healthier than before."
The Ambassadors of Canada (Mr David Devine) and Switzerland (Ms Beatrice Maser) to Vietnam visited the site of a HealthBridge project on Jan. 14, 2016.
They were very impressed with what a local family has learned from the project: they are now raising chickens for their eggs, worms to feed the chickens (vermiculture), and have improved how they grow vegetables and rice, all of which benefits their children and the community.
HealthBridge Deputy Director Peter Berti had a letter published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He was responding to a paper in which the authors argued that diversity of farm production is not linked to dietary diversity. This is contrary to what many who work in nutrition-sensitive agriculture think and have observed, and is important, as increasing dietary diversity is a key strategy for improving diet and health.
From the Andes, where we helped advance the food security of indigenous peoples, to Asia, where we helped make cities amenable to better transportation, recreation and job opportunities for the poor, HealthBridge has pioneered sustainable solutions to the persistent problems of marginalization and unchecked growth.