Recent News Entries: Gender Equality, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
HealthBridge Executive Director Sian FitzGerald pictured at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. HB presented a poster that focused on the use of mobile health (m-Health) in getting men involved in maternal and child health (MNCH).
We are happy to announce that our Executive Director, Sian FitzGerald, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health.
HealthBridge discussed "Measuring Results of Maternal and Child Health Initiatives in Remote Areas" at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health in Montrea
In rural India, we helped more than 60,000 women and babies receive essential health care during pregnancy, child birth and the post-partum period. Thanks to our efforts, the percentage of women receiving 4 or more ante-natal care visits tripled from 7% to 23%.
With partners, we are working in remote and rural areas of Nepal and Vietnam to reduce maternal and child illness and death, and improve nutrition for moms and babies from pregnancy to age two. This is the most crucial stage for child survival and development.
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 was celebrated at a Mother's Day event on Parliament Hill recently. HB Executive Director Sian Fitzgerald and Det'may Murmu of Pakur, India were featured on one of a number of posters created for an event called Through Her Eyes, organized by the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH).
HealthBridge Asia Regional Director Debra Efroymson has launched a new video focused on women's work.
Titled A Sharing Family is a Happy Family,
HealthBridge’s Gender programme in India and Vietnam was featured as a case study of a gender transformative approach in family planning.
In rural India, more than 9,000 men and women were educated about maternal and child health. With men’s support, 20% more women gave birth in a health facility and 19% more women received ante-natal care.