December, 2015

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Happy Holidays!

What's New

20 years for Debra and Sian!

In 2015 two of the driving forces behind HealthBridge’s success are celebrating 20 years with us. 


What do the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mean for HealthBridge?

The world has new development goals. On Sept. 25, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the world’s blueprint for development until 2030. 

Vietnam NCD Alliance launched!

HealthBridge Executive Director Sian FitzGerald spoke at the launch of the Vietnam National NCD Alliance in Hanoi on Aug. 26. 

Study on walking in Dhaka inspires many steps

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.

Board member will double your donation for our project Small Animals, Big Changes

As 2015 comes to an end we are short about $45,000 for our Small Animals Big Changes project. However, thanks to the generosity of one of our Board members, we can make up that shortfall extra fast. 


Video: Step lively - Kathmandu’s walking environment

by Kristie Daniel

In this blog, Kristie describes some of the challenges in the walking environment in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.  She notes some of the work being done by a Nepali NGO to improve the situation.

Planning for a child’s smile

by Dinh Dang Hai

Senior Project Officer in our Vietname office, Dinh Dang Hai, describes how vehicles have utterly transformed Hanoi.


by Peter Berti

A number of NGOs and university partners that have received funding from the Canadian government to do MNCH (maternal, newborn and child health) programming in Africa gathered to share experiences, results and lessons learned.

But everyone wants a car!

by Debra Efroymson

My previous blog was about the perception that cars somehow deliver status. A related remark is that everyone wants a car, so it is hopeless to try to control or, heaven forbid, ban them.

Just Published

Pakur Mother and Child Survival Project Final Report

The greatest contribution:  more couples deciding to seek skilled health care.

Physical Activity, NCDs, and Poverty

We explore the problem of low physical activity levels in low-income countries and among the very poor.
Dispatches from the Livable Cities Program, 6: Local Public Markets in Kathmandu

Dispatches from the Livable Cities Program, 6: Local Public Markets in Kathmandu

Kristie Daniel takes us on a tour of local public markets in Kathmandu.

Coming Up

National Conference on Tobacco Control and Health Promotion

January 3-4, 2016
Pineview Golf Course, 1471 Blair Road, Ottawa, ON K1B 4S3

The Government of Bangladesh has approved a one percent surcharge on tobacco products. Groups, including HealthBridge partner Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust, are campaigning to have the surcharge dedicated to support health promotion, particularly actions to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). 

In order to gain more multi-sectoral involvement for the campaign, WBB Trust is organizing a conference on Jan. 4, 2016 in Dhaka, preceded by a pre-conference workshop on Jan. 3. 
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