Vital Stories

Vital Stories is a blog that covers topics of interest from our work. It includes commentary from our leadership program staff, and external partners.

May 10, 2019

Turning the Tide on the U.S. Drug Overdose Epidemic: 8 Questions with Daliah Heller

We sat down with Daliah Heller, Director of Drug Use Initiatives at Vital Strategies, to get her thoughts on what actions can be taken to reverse the country’s drug overdose crisis.

April 23, 2019

How One City in Brazil Reduced Road Crash Deaths by a Remarkable 40%

Fortaleza Mayor Roberto Claudio recently announced that the city of 2.5 million saw a 40 percent reduction in road crash deaths in just four years, from 2014 to 2018.

April 16, 2019

In Six Large Cities in Asia, Collaboration Brings New Strategies to Anti-Tobacco Fight

Six cities in Asia who have long faced stubbornly high rates of smoking are now learning from each other about how to push towards a healthier future.

April 11, 2019

Vital Talks Q&A with Dr. Tom Frieden

We sat down with Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, to get his top takeaways on what’s being done to control cardiovascular diseases and prevent epidemics, and what steps can be taken to reduce their prevalence and impact.

April 9, 2019

Results of Clinical Trial Find Promise in Shorter Drug Treatment Regimen for Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis

The final results of STREAM Stage 1 were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showing the efficacy of a shorter (9–11-month) multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment regimen in comparison to the longer (20–24-month) regimen which was the standard of care when the trial began.

April 4, 2019

New website shows how health data can be turned into stronger public health systems

The website serves as an information hub about the Data Impact Program – what we do, why we do it and where we do it – as well as a repository for the tools and resources that we’ve generated in the first four years of program implementation.

March 21, 2019

Aiming High: Rwanda’s Journey to Train All of its Medical Doctors on How to Determine Cause of Death

In recent years, Rwanda has invested considerable effort to understand patterns of mortality and tackle the causes.

March 8, 2019

8 Extraordinary Women Leading Cities and Fighting Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating eight urban leaders making a difference around the world by creating healthier, safer cities with the Partnership for Healthy Cities.

February 27, 2019

Know the Facts About Air Pollution, the Invisible Killer

Air pollution is a serious and pervasive public health problem affecting nine out of ten people worldwide, and yet most people only think about air pollution when they can see it or smell it. In fact, most air pollution occurs at concentrations that are invisible and odorless, but still dangerous.

February 12, 2019

Move Toward Local Health Data Will Mean a Healthier Ecuador

While Ecuador’s national data shows that people’s health and social well-being has improved significantly at the national level, when it comes to understanding the situation at the local level, information is limited.

February 4, 2019

Three Cities Confronting Cancer

On World Cancer Day, many of the 54 cities in the Partnership for Healthy Cities are making inspiring progress on public health interventions that can prevent cancer and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

February 1, 2019

5 Actions Governments Can Take to Fight Cancer

This World Cancer Day, we’re bringing attention to concrete steps that governments can take to prevent avoidable cases of this deadly disease — and to champion efforts that are already paving the way.

December 19, 2018

5 Cities That Improved Kids’ Health in 2018

When governments invest in creating healthy and safe environments for children, they benefit doubly—by improving their society’s present and securing its future.

December 18, 2018

Why Advocates are Calling for Black Triangles on the Front of Brazil’s Food Packages

To combat the growing obesity epidemic in Brazil, international organizations recommend bold, tested food warning labels as a cost-effective way to provide consumers with clear information about what they are eating.

December 5, 2018

Why One PSA Featuring Kids Eating Sugary Cereal Started a Contentious Court Battle in Colombia

Several organizations are working to implement policies and programs in Colombia that will help make healthier choices, the easier choices for consumer to make.

November 20, 2018

If These Roads Could Talk: Eight Cities Honor Victims of Road Crashes on World Day of Remembrance

From art installations in Bogotá, Colombia, to citywide billboard campaigns in Mumbai, India, 8 cities called for more action on road traffic crash prevention on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

November 19, 2018

TREAT TB highlights its work at this year’s World Conference on Lung Health

At the Union’s 49th World Conference on Lung Health, TREAT TB shared progress made, discussed best practices and lessons learned with global tuberculosis (TB) stakeholders.

October 31, 2018

10 Cities Solving the World’s Leading Health Challenges

In a world where more than half the population now lives in urban settings, cities are uniquely positioned to prevent noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries, and to be engines of change at the national level too.

October 30, 2018

How One Sub-District in Bangladesh Became a Model for Recording Births, Deaths and Causes of Death for the Entire Country

One small sub-district in Bangladesh, not far from the capital of Dhaka, has become a pioneer in documenting its people’s births and deaths.

October 12, 2018

Air Pollution: A Serious Threat to Children’s Health

With the recently concluded Asian Games, Indonesian cities have been at the receiving end of much media attention for their poor air quality.

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