Recent News Entries: Livable Cities
HealthBridge Livable Cities partners in Vietnam and Bangalore India are profiled in this WHO report: The Power of Cities: Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases and Road Traffic Injuries.
Different government and non-government organizations observed the World Car Free Day in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, on 22 September 2019. The aim was to reduce traffic congestion, environmental pollution and transportation costs by reducing the number of cars.
WBB, with support from UN-Habitat & Dhaka North City Corporation is working with a low-income community in Dhaka to design six public spaces using the computer game Minecraft.
For years, HealthBridge has worked closely with the local government of Hoi An, a small city in central Vietnam, to improve public spaces. More recently, our work has focused on promoting cycling and further reducing the use of motorized vehicles. (Cars are already banned in the old quarter and motorbikes limited to certain periods of the day.) Recently the work was further enhanced by being awarded a grant from the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) to work on cycling.
HealthBridge partner ESAF has three Livable Cities initiatives supporting SDGs 2,3 & 11 featured on the UN Partnerships for SDG's Platform website.
The baby steps CFI has made into creating an enabling environment in Bhopal to address NonCommunicable Diseases, over the last one year, is firmly footing to move forward and make an impact.
In Nepal, more than 50% of deaths are caused by NCDs .In the last one decade the disease prevalence shifted from communicable disease to NCDs. The health of the Nepali population is greatly affected by the state of its cities.
61% of deaths in India are now attributed to NCDs, which is highly alarming. This trend can be reversed to a large extent if the cities focus on the built environment that could encourage people to be physically active.
On August 20, Ms. Constance accepted the Tim Stone Memorial Award 2018 for her work with communities in the slums of Kampala. She is a Civil Engineer from the University of Cape Town and is an intern with HealthBridge.
Since forming in 2014, the Healthy Transportation Coalition has made steady progress towards transportation equity in the city of Ottawa.