Quarterly Newsletter July 2019 | View online

Our 2018 Annual Report is here!

This has been a year of important accomplishments for HealthBridge and our local partners. From Vietnam to Nepal, Tanzania to Brazil and many countries in between, we have been working hand-in-hand with our partners to improve health and health equity for vulnerable populations. Check out the worldwide project map in the Annual Report — and enjoy learning more about HealthBridge and partners’ achievements in 2018.

Read the 2018 Annual Report here

Women Deliver includes promise of $300 million more funding to support wellbeing of women & girls

HealthBridge staff attended the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver in June. It was the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. There were over 8,000 delegates from all around the world, and representatives from more than 150 countries. Speakers included world leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Presidents of Ghana and Ethiopia, and United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘me too’ movement, youth advocates, researchers, and international non-governmental organization leaders also spoke. Burke was on a panel on the Power of Movements and What Happens When Many Demand Change.
Prime Minister Trudeau helped to strengthen Canada’s position as a leader in advancing the health and rights of women, adolescents and children around the globe when he announced a 10-year, $1.4 billion annual investment. Canada already provides $1.1 billion in women’s health funding worldwide, with $400 million for sexual and reproductive health. The $300 million increase, beginning in 2023, will also support sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), bringing the total annual SRHR spending up to $700 million a year.

At the conference, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced a $325 million to fund projects that improve the quality of, access to and demand for integrated reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, services and information in vulnerable communities around the world. It will support projects that seek to address and overcome the underlying social norms, practices and barriers that cause gender inequality.

These important funding announcements will help the people and communities we serve, and it comes at a time when some other countries are pulling support away from these critical health equity issues.

Livable Cities progress with launch of
bike-sharing in Vietnam

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.

This year, to celebrate World Bicycle Day (June 3rd), the local government of Hoi An, in collaboration with HealthBridge, GIZ, World Resources Institute, and QIQ (a start-up company based in Singapore) organized a festive event. The local government formally announced a five-year plan to reduce the use of motorized vehicles and promote cycling. The government also plans to build a bicycle lane to connect the city center to the popular Bang An beach. During the event, the new bicycle share program was also launched.

Learn more on the HealthBridge website here

Vietnam makes important progress with passage of the Alcohol Control Law

A most noteworthy accomplishment in the first six months of 2019, was the passage of the Alcohol Control Law on June 14th. HealthBridge Vietnam provided technical support to the Ministry of Health when it was drafting the legislation, wrote the related communications materials, engaged in effective media outreach, and advocacy directed with policy makers, in partnership with the Ministry.
We interviewed Le Thi Thu, Tobacco Control and Non-Communicable Disease Prevention Program Manager at HealthBridge Vietnam, and asked her to share her thoughts on the significance of the law and its most important aspects.
Read all about this important legislative advancement to protect public health on the HealthBridge website.

Learn how a Maternal Newborn Health Facilitator in Nepal transforms lives by improving the nutrition of a six-month-old

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