HealthBridge works with partners world-wide to improve health and health equity through research, policy and action.

Health, Nutrition & Food Security

Global health is slowly improving. Child deaths have been cut in half in the last 15 years, food is more abundant than ever before and new medicines and technologies are continually becoming available. 

However there are still about 5 million children dying per year, 295,000 women dying during pregnancy and millions more people with impaired health and decreased quality of life due to preventable and treatable illness. 

There are still many challenges to improve global health – both in addressing the old threats such as tropical diseases, malnutrition, and AIDS, as well as new threats including neglected diseases and non-communicable diseases, which are inadequately managed with weak health systems.

One of the ways HealthBridge is part of the global fight against nutrition related health issues is as co-chair of the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA) in Vietnam.HealthBridge is part of the global SUN Movement, a coalition of stakeholders, including governments, civil society organizations, United Nations agencies, donors, and businesses, with a shared vision of improving nutrition. The goal of SUN CSA Vietnam is to mobilize civil society organizations and work with the Government and other stakeholders to amplify nutrition as a development priority.

HealthBridge works to improve health by:

  •  Strengthening food systems towards resilience
  •  Addressing the double burden of over and under-nutrition through a food systems approach
  •  Improving child feeding practices including breastfeeding
  •  Identifying and addressing the health impacts of climate change
  •  Maximizing use of available data to inform efficient decision-making to improve maternal and child health and services  

Goal

The goal of the program is to improve health, nutrition and food security.

What we do

We work with international and local partners in low and middle-income countries. Our work includes:

  • Supporting healthier food systems to address non-communicable diseases
  • Mobilizing civil society organizations to improve nutrition
  • Working with publically available data to increase the efficiency of project design, evaluation, and impact
  • Promoting maternal and child health and nutrition

Impact

The work of HealthBridge helps to understand and address health problems faced by vulnerable populations, including what the key problems are, what works to address these problems, and how best to scale up and expand those interventions that work. The result is more effective programs that improve the health, nutrition, and food security of vulnerable populations.