Recent News Entries: Health, Nutrition & Food Security
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.
HealthBridge Nutrition Advisor Peter Berti and former colleague Cynthia Fallu were co-authors of a recently published paper: A systematic review of the nutritional adequacy of the diet in the Central Andes.
They concluded, in part: "The inadequate intake of some micronutrients is common in many developing countries, but the extremely low intake of dietary fat found in the central Andes is not. Increased consumption of animal-source foods would increase fat intakes, while also addressing micronutrient deficiencies."<…
We're working with our Bolivian partner CENDA to promote animal husbandry (sheep and chickens) in the Andean zone of the department of Cochabamba in Bolivia.
Helping to save lives by mapping deadly mosquitoes in Tanzania
Through some good planning, a lot of hard work and a bit of luck, we helped about 500 families in the highlands of Bolivia to improve their diets.