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Students portray obstacles on their school routes

February 23, 2016 Filed under Livable Cities, Other

Students in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka recently drew pictures portraying the difficulties they face on the way to school.

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Celebrating car-free day

January 21, 2016 Filed under Livable Cities

Our partner in India, ESAF, recently helped the city of Thrissur celebrate international car-free day. 

Watch their very lively video.

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Informal open spaces essential for Kampala slum dwellers

December 10, 2015 Filed under Livable Cities

Informal open spaces provide places where slum dwellers in Uganda’s capital Kampala can exercise and do myriad other activities but the areas are constantly under threat, found a recent report by HealthBridge and the Non-communicable Diseases Information and Control Centre (NICC). 

Not only were the 34 open spaces examined in the study used for recreational activities, including volleyball, netball, running, bike-riding and boxing, they were also used for activities such as traffic thoroughfares, gardening, prayer and as locales for vendors.…

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Revitalizing Hanoi’s urban parks

November 11, 2015 Filed under Livable Cities

Population growth in Vietnam's capital Hanoi has outstripped the capacity of neighborhood parks and playgrounds. While the city government has a plan to make Hanoi green and clean, it lacks policy measures to achieve targets it has set.

With funding from The Asia Foundation, HealthBridge has published the report Urban governance in preservation and management of neighborhood parks/playgrounds in inner-city districts of Hanoi. It makes numerous recommendations, such as revising the National Urban Upgrading Program to ensure adequate parks and playgrounds.

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Hanoi residents undaunted by busier streets

August 31, 2015 Filed under Livable Cities, Other

Increasing traffic in Hanoi is making the city less livable, according to a recent article co-authored by HealthBridge board member Mark Zuidgeest

However, Mark and his fellow authors were surprised to find that heavier traffic on some streets did not make residents less sociable. 

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New video - Recovering from Disruption

August 25, 2015 Filed under Livable Cities

"We need to learn from places like Bangladesh how to have a high quality of life with low carbon emissions and resource consumption."

That's the message of a new video, Recovering from Disruption: A Comprehensive Approach to Building a Better, More Sustainable World

The video was co-produced by HealthBridge, Carfree.com and Work for a Better Bangladesh. 

 

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Study on walking in Dhaka inspires many steps

August 6, 2015 Filed under Livable Cities

37% of trips made in Dhaka, a city of about 15 million people, are by walking. Only about 3% use an automobile, yet planners consistently favour vehicles in their work.

Our study on walking in the city revealed just how dangerous it could be, and has generated tools that will be moved throughout Dhaka and in other countries.

Read a journal article about this work.

Find out more about our Livable Cities program.

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How walking and placemaking are changing in Kathmandu

July 20, 2015 Filed under Livable Cities

Our Livable Cities Director Kristie Daniel just had a post published in the blog of the Sustainable Cities Collective about life in Kathmandu post-earthquakes. She writes:

"Neighbours are spontaneously erecting signs that encouraging drivers to 'drive slow' on their streets, as they don’t want their houses (and fragile states of mind) shaken by speeding vehicles. 

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A busy year! See our annual report for 2014-15

June 17, 2015 Filed under Livable Cities, Tobacco Control & NCD Prevention, Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, & Child Health, Health, Nutrition & Food Security

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. 

Read all the details here. 

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Saturday night mobile playground

June 7, 2015 Filed under Livable Cities

Starting in April, a free mobile playground has been set up for children in the old quarter of Ha Noi on Saturday evenings.

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