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September 5, 2018 Gender Equality, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

 

October 1st brings Steps for Change Challenge once again to help mothers and children in Nepal and Vietnam

HealthBridge is encouraging people from all over the world to take 10,000 steps a day for one month – October 2018 to raise funds to improve access to health and nutrition for vulnerable mothers and children. This challenge helps participants better understand the obstacles that women face to access health services and nutrition in Nepal and Vietnam.

Dr. Gail Webber, M.D., Board Director at HealthBridge Foundation of Canada, noted:

“Why do I walk for Healthbridge? For several reasons...I believe in what Healthbridge does: research on improving health for the world's most vulnerable peoples. I believe in how Healthbridge does it: in collaboration with local partners and with a gender sensitive lens. I also believe in the Healthbridge leadership and staff: all committed people who work effectively towards their common goal. The health challenges they address in their work are enormous; committing to walk 10,000 steps a day and asking friends and family to support me is not difficult in comparison. This is why I walk for Healthbridge, and I encourage you to do the same.”

QUICK FACTS STEPS FOR CHANGE:

  • Participants register online at www.healthbridge.ca/stepsforchange in advance. Steppers can register individually, or as part of a team.
  • On October 1st, Steps for Change Challenge begins and ends on October 28th, 2018.
  • The goal is to walk, run or roll for four weeks in the month of October.
  • This is HealthBridge’s 3rd year and they’re aiming to raise $25,000 for their work with the “Saving Lives of Mothers and Children in Nepal and Vietnam” project.

QUICK FACTS SAVING LIVES OF MOTHERS AND CHILDREN IN NEPAL AND VIETNAM PROJECT:

  • Children are 11 times more likely to die before age one in Banke District, Nepal than in Canada.
  • Children are 5 times more likely to die before age one in Son La Province, Vietnam than in Canada.
  • Nearly 50% of women in Son La, Vietnam give birth without the support of a skilled birth attendant.
  • 60% of women in Banke, Nepal do not receive health care during the critical two days after delivery.

Let’s make this third annual Steps for Change Challenge a record-breaking year! Become a Top Stepper today and challenge yourself to take 10,000 steps a day for 4 weeks.

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