Press Mentions

Vital Strategies' programs and public health experts in the news

August 17, 2018
Devex

The divisive issue stalling both NCD, TB negotiations

The United Nations high-level meetings on tuberculosis and noncommunicable diseases take place next month, but member states are still at the negotiation table.

August 14, 2018
Devex

Q&A: Cause of death course to boost medical education in Africa

The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Data for Health Initiative launched a new e-learning course in Africa to help collect data on cause of death.

August 14, 2018
Forbes

Here Are The Leaders Of STOP: Bloomberg's $20 Million Tobacco Watchdog

Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative announced the three leaders for STOP, a new $20 million to create a global watchdog to shed more light on the tobacco industry's complex marketing and sales practices.

August 2, 2018
Global Health Now

African Physicians: E-Learn Your Way to Better Mortality Data

African physicians complete the first Medical Certification for Cause of Death (MCCOD) course designed specifically for the African region.

August 1, 2018
Huffington Post

New Ebola Outbreak Confirmed In Democratic Republic Of Congo

New cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just a week after the country announced the end of its ninth Ebola outbreak.

July 27, 2018
Africa Health

Death data: a key to the future

Vital Strategies launched a new e-learning course for African physicians on how to properly certify medical cause of death.

July 27, 2018
Devex

In Cambodia, a tobacco control campaign helped. But now what?

Cambodia broadcasted a public service announcement as the country began a smoking ban in public places and introduced pictorial health warnings on tobacco products.

July 24, 2018
Government of Ghana

Safety Enhancement Works to Begin at Lapaz Intersection of George Walker Bush Highway

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) announced the commencement of road safety enhancement works at the Lapaz intersection of the George Walker Bush Highway, improving the streets for pedestrians.

July 24, 2018
Jakarta Globe

District Head in Kalimantan Bans Cigarette Ads to Curb Smoking

In South Kalimantan, Hulu Sungai Utara district head Abdul Wahid bans cigarette advertising to curb smoking among children.

July 23, 2018
AllAfrica

Ghana: Safety Enhancement Works to Begin At Lapaz Intersection of George Walker Bush Highway

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), with support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), has given the green light for the commencement of road safety enhancement works at the Lapaz intersection of the George Walker Bush Highway.

July 23, 2018
The North Coast Courier

Proposed Tobacco Control Bill could land you in jail for smoking in your own home

The proposed new Tobacco Control Bill would only allow smoking in designated area outside and enforce plain packaging for cigarettes.

July 22, 2018
The Guardian

Beware tobacco firm’s Trojan horses

Philip Morris’s overture to the NHS is part of a strategy to undermine controls on tobacco, says Sandra Mullin,

July 21, 2018
News AM

Website tells you how prepared your country is for a disease epidemic

The website, PreventEpidemics.org, provides information about how prepared countries are to fight epidemics, as well as tools for people to advocate for improving their countries' preparedness.

July 20, 2018
Mail and Guardian

Nelson Mandela’s words about SA’s deadly twin epidemics ring as true today as they did in 2004

South Africa has a chance to lead the world in realizing Madiba’s dream this September as the United Nations convenes its first high level meeting on tuberculosis (TB).

July 19, 2018
Khaleej Times

Children as young as 14 join 'quit-smoking' clinics in UAE

Doctors are witnessing a rise in young people looking for ways to quit the habit of smoking after the government introduced 100 per cent excise tax on tobacco last October.

July 18, 2018
Kyiv City Government

Representatives Gather for a Meeting on "Safe Traffic Rusanivka" project

The "Safe Traffic Rusanivka" project aims to create walkable and bikeable streets for cyclists and pedestrians in the reconstruction of streets using the method of foreign experience.

July 18, 2018
HealthIt Analytics

Urgent Care Centers Show Lackluster Antibiotic Stewardship

Almost half of visits to urgent care centers led to an unnecessary antibiotic prescription, indicating the need for improved antibiotic stewardship in these settings.

July 17, 2018
Northern Natal Courier

7 things you need know about South Africa’s new smoking bill

The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, seeks to regulate public smoking, smoking in the workplace as well as the sale and advertising of tobacco and electronic cigarettes.

July 17, 2018
Alberton Record

7 things you need know about South Africa’s new smoking bill

The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, which was published for public comment in May this year, seeks to regulate public smoking, smoking in the workplace as well as the sale and advertising of tobacco and electronic cigarettes.

July 16, 2018
Canda Free Press

Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for first time: Why would we legalize drugs while banning guns?

Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday.

July 15, 2018
Forbes Russia

The fight against the Ebola virus

A new outbreak of the Ebola virus in May 2018 stirred the international community.

July 13, 2018
Peace FM Online

AMA Commissions Construction Of Footbridge At Abeka Lapaz

Mr. Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive has commissioned the construction of a footbridge at Abeka La-Paz intersection as part of road safety measures in Accra.

July 13, 2018
Ghana News Agency

AMA commissions remarking and extension of crossing time at La-Paz intercession

This project aims to curb pedestrian injuries and deaths caused by vehicles at the Abeka La-Pas intersection in Accra.

July 12, 2018
Skyscaper

"Safe Traffic Rusanivka" project presented

In the capital of Ukraine, there are plans to introduce a number of community awareness and qualification activities for professionals working in public space planning and road traffic planning.

July 12, 2018
CBS Denver

New Federal Law Bans Smoking In Public Housing

A nationwide ban on smoking tobacco in public housing facilities will take effect at the end of July, nearly two years after the rule was passed by the Obama administration.

July 11, 2018
Ghana Crusader

AMA boss breaks ground for start of Road safety project

The Mayor of Accra Mohammed Adjei Sowah has broken ground for the commencement of the Road Safety enhancement project at the Lapaz intersection.

July 11, 2018
B&FT Online

AMA Launches Road Safety Report

According to the report, based on data from police crash reports, 2,934 people were seriously injured and 909 died from road crashes in the Accra metropolitan area from 2011 to 2015.

July 11, 2018
Class FM

AMA launches Road Safety Report

The first AMA Road Safety Report report reveals that 13,059 crashes occurred during the period, showing the need for strong efforts to improve road safety in Accra.

July 10, 2018
Ghana News Online

AMA Launches Road Safety Report

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), in partnership with the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (AMA-BIGRS), has released the first AMA Road Safety Report, analyzing data from 2011 to 2015.

July 11, 2018
Cape Town Etc

City starts campaign against sugary drinks

The City of Cape Town has shifted its focus to reducing its residents’ consumption of sugary drinks, and raising awareness around the promotion of healthy living habits.

July 8, 2018
City of Cape Town

Healthy lifestyle campaign to reduce consumption of sugary drinks

The City of Cape Town’s announced its new initiative to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks as part of the Partnership for Healthy Cities, a global network of cities committed to reducing non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

July 6, 2018
Infobae

Is the world prepared for an upcoming epidemic? A tool shows that most countries are not

An online tool reveals that most countries are not prepared for the next epidemic.

July 5, 2018
Just Food

Can the food industry eliminate trans fats by 2023?

While trans fats occur in small quantities naturally in meat and dairy products, the use of industrially-produced or artificial trans fats in processed foods greatly increased the presence of trans fats in the food supply and thereby their impact on human health.

July 4, 2018
Devex

Cities and NCDs: Montevideo's menu for reducing sodium intake

In Uruguay’s capital city, the government has been waging war against high sodium consumption.

July 3, 2018
BioSpace

Researchers Continue to Develop Antivirals for Ebola, Zika, Other Infectious Diseases

In 2014, an outbreak of the hemorrhagic Ebola virus swept across six African countries and killed more than 11,300 people. Tom Frieden, the former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the outbreak “the world’s first Ebola epidemic” that was “spiraling out of control.”

June 29, 2018
Devex

Ahead of UNGA, over 50 health experts sign letter for action on NCDs

A powerhouse cast of United Nations, civil society, and academic leaders have come together to call for bold, practical action to reduce the global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases.

June 28, 2018
The Guardian

The US children working in tobacco fields: 'I wanted to help my mama'

Lax laws and the farm economy structure allows teens to work the fields, and laborers say they see ‘no alternative.’

June 27, 2018
The Guardian

Mexico: children toil in tobacco fields as reforms fail to fix poverty

Industry and government have made steps to tackle child labor in Mexico’s tobacco fields, but low incomes for working families slow progress.

June 27, 2018
The Guardian

How we can fight child labour in the tobacco industry

Investigations at Human Rights Watch show how widely child labour is used worldwide – but Brazil sets a better example.

June 26, 2018
The Guardian

'I've been sick in the chest': Tobacco fields take toll on Indonesian children

In a country that is the world’s fifth-largest tobacco producer, children work despite labour laws.

June 25, 2018
The Guardian

Child labour rampant in tobacco industry

Cigarettes sold in US, Europe and elsewhere contain leaf produced in tough conditions by children, affecting school and life chances.

June 25, 2018
The Guardian

The children working the tobacco fields: 'I wanted to be a nurse'

Children in poor families work the fields in Malawi, impacting schooling, amid signs of a growing international crisis.

June 25, 2018
The Guardian

Tobacco: activist investors pressure £20bn companies over child labour

Despite tobacco giants’ policies against child labour, the practice remains widespread, experts say.

June 25, 2018
The Guardian

Tobacco farm in Malawi: the families toiling in the fields

Life as tenant farmers in Kasungu, northern Malawi, can be a struggle for families trapped in poverty, who feel forced to rely on their children’s help, impacting schooling.

June 15, 2018
The Times of India

Remove and REPLACE - because even small quantities of trans fat in the diet cause big damage to health

The World Health Organization (WHO) called on all countries to make the world free of trans fats by 2023.

June 13, 2018
Pharma Biz

Health ministry launches smoking cessation campaign 'What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do'

According to The Tobacco Atlas, more than 9 lakh Indians die due to tobacco-related diseases every year. Research suggests that implementing strong tobacco control measures to reduce tobacco use could avert 25 per cent of cases of heart attack and stroke in India.

June 11, 2018
Environmental News Service

WHO: Eliminate Trans-fatty Acids in Global Food Supply

The World Health Organization, WHO, intends to guide the world toward the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply.

June 9, 2018
ANI

Government Launches Smoking Cessation Campaign

At a World Health Organization event held recently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India launched a national media campaign to encourage smoking cessation.

June 9, 2018
The Strait Times

Why a ban on e-cigarettes may not be the best policy

In Singapore, more than 2,200 people die from tobacco-related diseases every year, making tobacco use one of the top risk factors for death and disability.

June 9, 2018
Business Standard

Government Launches Smoking Cessation Campaign

'What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do,' the public service announcement (PSA) prompts smokers to think about each cigarette or bidi as the path to one of many potential harmful events: heart attacks, cancer, lung disease, and more.

June 9, 2018
The Himalayan Times

KMC signs agreement pledging to make city smoke-free

"Fifty-one per cent of people in the world die due to smoking and tobacco consumption, while in Nepal, 31 [percent cent of] people die due to smoking and tobacco,” said Mahendra Prasad Shrestha, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.

June 8, 2018
Science Magazine

Still not ready for Ebola

The disease that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa just a few years ago has returned, striking the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

June 8, 2018
Deccan Chronicle

National media campaign on ill effects of smoking launched

With technical support rom Vital Strategies, the Union ministry of health and family welfare of India has launched a national media campaign titled- ‘What damage will this Cigarette/Bidi Do?’ to encourage smoking cessation. The campaign will encourage smokers to quit tobacco use and national quit help line numbers have also been launched to advice smokers’ on quitting.

June 8, 2018
Bio Spectrum

Health Ministry launches smoking cessation campaign

With technical support from Vital Strategies, The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched a national media campaign to encourage smoking cessation. Entitled ‘What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do,’ the PSA prompts smokers to think about each cigarette or bidi as the path to one of many potential harmful events.

June 8, 2018
Express Healthcare

Vital Strategies provides technical support to MoH&FW’s campaign on tobacco

With technical support from Vital Strategies, The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched a national media campaign to encourage smoking cessation. Entitled ‘What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do,’ the PSA prompts smokers to think about each cigarette or bidi as the path to one of many potential harmful events.

June 8, 2018
Devex

Cities and NCDs: In Santo Domingo, cars cause more than congestion

Santo Domingo's overpopulation of motor vehicles is leading to serious environmental health consequences for the city.

June 7, 2018
eHealth

Health Ministry launches stop smoking campaign

In a bid to make people aware about the harmful effect of smoking, and with technical support from Vital Strategies, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, recently launched a national media campaign. Titled “What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do,” launched at a World Health Organization event.

June 7, 2018
APN News

Ministry of Health launches “What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do” smoking cessation campaign

At a World Health Organization event, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India launched a national media campaign to encourage smoking cessation. Entitled “What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do,” the PSA prompts smokers to think about each cigarette or bidi as the path to one of many potential harmful events.

June 7, 2018
Taarifa

Rwanda Journalists Trained On Health Data Reporting

Three American health specialists from Vital Strategies are training dozens of journalists from different media houses on how to effectively report data in public health. The three-day workshop taking place in Rubavu district started on June 6 and was organized by Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC). It is expected to increase journalists’ capacity to incorporate data in their work.

June 6, 2018
Philippine Statistics Authority

Highlights of the 9th National Workshop on Civil Registration (9NWCR) - Day 2

Omair Azam, Senior Program Officer of Vital Strategies, discusses the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Knowledge Gateway, an online resource for evidence-based information, technical tools and country experiences on CRVS Strengthening.

June 6, 2018
Selfish Giving

Newsletter: Are Networking Events Worth it?; CauseTalk Radio Goes on Hiatus; The Most Charitable, Most Hated Industry in America is...

Vital Strategies launches Quit Big Tobacco asking ad agency staffers to not work with tobacco clients. It also wants brands to refuse to work with firms that have tobacco clients, and for universities to refuse money from tobacco companies for research.

June 5, 2018
Business Standard

Making India trans fats-free

By fixing 2023 as the deadline to eliminate health-injurious trans fats from the food chain globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has essentially sought to spur the countries to expedite phasing out these fats and stopping their use in food products.

June 5, 2018
MedPage Today

Morning Break: Guatemalan Volcano; Obesity Balloon Deaths; Defensive Disgust

Among other stories: the #QuitBigTobacco campaign launched by public health organization Vital Strategies aims to dissuade ad agencies from promoting tobacco.

June 3, 2018
Vanguard

Smoking on the Rise: Tragically, More Nigerians Want to Die Young

Smoking is becoming a way of life for many Nigerian youths despite the World Health Organisation, WHO, warning that tobacco kills up to half of its users.

June 3, 2018
Forbes

How This Anti-Smoking Campaign Is Going After Ad Agencies

Vital Strategies has launched the #QuitBigTobacco campaign that urges companies to cut ties with advertising agencies that work with tobacco companies.

June 2, 2018
Exchange 4 Media

Vital Strategies Launches An Interactive Billboard To Warn Smokers

An anti-smoking digital billboard campaign was launched by Vital Strategies, a global health organization, at the popular DLF Cyber Hub in Gurgaon. For the next four weeks, the billboard will detect a smoker lighting a cigarette or bidi in front of it and respond by launching a short video.

June 1, 2018
Medical Marketing & Media

Five Things for Pharma Marketers to Know

Vital Strategies launched the #QuitBigTobacco campaign to push agencies to end relationships with the tobacco industry and compel clients to refuse to work with firms that also work with tobacco.

June 1, 2018
Financial Times

Cancer Optimism Tempered by ‘financial toxicity’

With research showing that up to 40 percent of cancers are preventable, there is a growing role for public health initiatives to support healthier lifestyles and help minimize the risks.

June 1, 2018
Cape Argus

Unnecessary Loss of Lives

Smoking is still the primary cause of preventable illness and death around the world. While elsewhere the pendulum is swinging in the right direction, in developing countries smoking is still prevalent.

June 1, 2018
The Nation

Are You Serving Your Child Poison?

Studies linking high sugar intake in children with obesity have shown disturbing health consequences for infants and young children hooked on snack foods such as cookies, sweetened cereals, soft drinks, salty crisps and candy.

June 1, 2018
Ghana Web

Increase ‘Sin Tax’ to Augment NHIS – Philips Africa CEO

The struggles of the National Health Insurance Scheme can be alleviated temporarily should government increase taxes on products such as tobacco, alcohol and sugar, and use that revenue to supplement the scheme’s funding the Philips Africa CEO has said.

June 1, 2018
The Conversation

‘Disneyland for Big Tobacco’: How Indonesia’s Lax Smoking Laws Are Helping Next Generation to Get Hooked

Indonesia’s potential and productivity are being threatened by the number of deaths associated with smoking. Of the 10% of the world’s smokers who live in South-East Asia, half are in Indonesia.

June 1, 2018
Pakistan Observer

160,100 People Die of Tobacco Related Diseases Each Year: Saira

In Pakistan, tobacco use is a cause of death of around 160,100 persons every year. Almost 23.9 million adults currently use tobacco in any form in the country.

June 1, 2018
The Express Tribune

Tobacco Use Kills Over 0.16m in Pakistan Each Year: Tarar

In Pakistan, tobacco use is a cause of death of around 160,100 persons every year, Federal Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said on Thursday.

May 31, 2018
New Age

Tobacco 4th leading cause of deaths in Bangladesh

Every year, more than 161,200 people of Bangladesh are killed by tobacco-caused diseases, according to The Tobacco Atlas.

May 31, 2018
APN News

Interactive billboard detects smokers, warns of the harms that cigarettes and bidis bring

The billboard detects a smoker lighting a cigarette or bidi in front of the it and respond by launching a short video. The video shows the real-time effects of tobacco smoke on the heart and lungs of the smoker and people nearby.

May 31, 2018
India Times

World No Tobacco Day: India Is Home To 12% Of The World's Smokers, 10 Lakh Die Every Year!

Every minute, smokers get through nearly 11 million cigarettes, 10 of whom end up losing their lives every minute from a habit, that an industry that generates billions of dollars off.

May 31, 2018
IOL News

#WorldNoTobaccoDay: 8 shocking facts about smoking

Here are eight shocking statistics that might make you want to put that cigarette down, or at least, think twice about picking up another one.

May 31, 2018
Times LIVE

Smoking: a rundown on lighting up

About 80% of the world's smokers live in low and middle-income countries. Tobacco use has decreased in countries such as Australia, Brazil and Britain, where anti-smoking measures include higher taxes, bans and health warnings.

May 30, 2018
National Journal

White House Sends Murky Signals On Global-Health Security

While officials tout its importance, the administration has pressed for cuts in global-health initiatives and removed a key leader for biothreat response in the midst of an Ebola outbreak.

May 30, 2018
The Bangladesh Post

Unregulated sales of tobacco products continue

Although the Bangladesh government had successfully reduced nearly eight percent tobacco consumption in last eight years through anti-tobacco initiatives, the number of tobacco use still remains high in the country.

May 29, 2018
The Japan News

WHO aims to erase trans fats in 5 yrs

The United Nations agency has in the past pushed to exterminate infectious diseases, but now it’s aiming to erase a hazard linked to chronic illness.

May 30, 2018
Global Health NOW

5 Trans Fat Takeaways from #WHA71

WHO launched a major international push earlier this month to rid the global food supply of trans fatty acids, as they are properly known.

May 29, 2018
Devex

What you need to know about the 71st WHA

"While an urgent response to the Ebola outbreak in DRC is currently underway, there is room for improvement in detecting, responding to, and preventing outbreaks such as Ebola," said Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

May 25, 2018
Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam active on sidelines of World Health Assembly in Geneva

Resolve to Save Lives Initiative Tom Frieden unveiled a plan to work with Vietnamese partners to build a project on fighting high blood pressure in several Vietnamese cities and provinces.

May 25, 2018
Devex

Tuberculosis and NCDs jostle for space in global health agenda

On Thursday, WHO member states debated efforts to tackle NCDs, with Italy and the United States among those arguing interventions must be based on sound scientific measures and proven effectiveness.

May 25, 2018
Times LIVE

Stuck in traffic? Cape Town's transport system is among world's best

Cape Town comes sixth of the middle-income country cities behind Beijing‚ Kuala Lumpur‚ Moscow‚ Shanghai and Mexico City‚ and top of Africa.

May 24, 2018
iAfrica

Cape Town ranked high for its ease of doing business

Cape Town ranks 24 out of 31 leading cities studied globally, boding well for its transport system, its business-friendly environment, the cost of living and doing business. The city is leveraging its memberships on some of the world’s most influential urban forums, such as the Partnership for Healthy Cities, C40 Cities, and 100 Resilient Cities, to further expand these opportunities.

May 22, 2018
Voice of America

New Vaccine Might Be Game-Changer in DRC's Ebola Fight

The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than two dozen people in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo could be as devastating as the one that hit West Africa several years ago, if left unchecked.

May 21, 2018
Good News Network

World is Encouraged to Ditch Trans Fats By 2023, Thanks to New Plan

A new initiative launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) has the potential to save millions of lives from the dangers of unhealthy food.

May 20, 2018
The Hindu

Transfat accounts for high morbidity in India

Early this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released REPLACE, a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply.

May 19, 2018
Business Standard

Tackle tobacco to meet TB target

India must look beyond improving diagnosis and treatment and attack the many factors that are driving tuberculosis.

May 18, 2018
Financial Times

FT Health: Transfat ban could save 500,000 lives a year

The World Health Organization’s call this week for governments to introduce a ban on the industrially-produced fats could save 500,000 lives a year globally from cardiovascular disease.

May 18, 2018
Nosh

The Checkout: Campbell Soup CEO Steps Down

On Monday, WHO and Resolve to Save Lives launched Replace, a guide to eliminating trans fat from the global food supply by 2023.

May 18, 2018
Here & Now

Learning From Past Outbreaks To Help Contain Ebola In Congo

The Ebola virus has spread to a major city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As health workers on the ground try to contain the risk, Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson looks at lessons learned from the 2014-2016 outbreak with Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives.

May 18, 2018
Science Trends

World Health Organization Says Trans Fats Should Be Eliminated From By 2023

Trans fats are an oil which has been linked to cardiovascular disease and other health problems, possibly contributing to millions of premature deaths. In response to the health problem, the World Health Organization has created a detailed strategy regarding how to eliminate trans fats from the food supply by 2023.

May 17, 2018
UN Dispatch

Can the World Health Organization Actually Ban Deadly Trans Fats?

The World Health organization called for the elimination of trans fats by 2023. To make this happen, the organization has released a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply.

May 17, 2018
Devex

Better mortality data can have big payoffs, say public health experts

Gaps are closing across some low- and middle-income countries in recording mortality, but more work is needed to understand comprehensive demographics — as well as the actual cost of weak recording systems, according to public health experts.

May 17, 2018
The Hill

New Ebola outbreak spreads to major city in Congo

The Ebola virus had spread to an important port city in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), opening a new and potentially deadly front in an epidemic that had so far been contained within small communities.

May 17, 2018
Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Moral Imperative of Clean Household Energy

Clean air to breathe, like safe drinking water, is essential for human health and well-being. While this has been available for generations to nearly all who live in wealthy countries, billions of people in low- and middle-income countries worldwide live in households dependent on polluting fuels for cooking, heating, and lighting.

May 16, 2018
Medical Daily Times

World Health Organization Seeks Ban Of Unhealthy Trans Fats

The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it is mounting a campaign to have dangerous man-made trans fats disqualified from use in all food products.

May 15, 2018
Washington Post

First confirmed urban Ebola case is a ‘game changer’ in Congo outbreak

Congo has confirmed a case of Ebola in Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million, marking the first urban case in the latest outbreak.

May 15, 2018
The Pioneer

Community voices key to tackle TB

The Union government launched a Tuberculosis-free India campaign under the National Strategic Plan to eliminate Tuberculosis (TB) by 2025, five years ahead of the global target.

May 15, 2018
Asian News International

WHO plans to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids

Eliminating trans fats is key to protecting health and saving lives: WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease.

May 15, 2018
Business Day

New plan to extend effort to eliminate trans fats globally

Industrially produced trans-fatty acids, such as margarine and some hardened vegetable fats, are popular among food producers because they are cheap and typically have a long shelf life. But given their link to cardiovascular disease, trans fats have also been blamed for more than 500,000 deaths annually, according to WHO figures.

May 15, 2018
Financial Express

WHO launches ‘REPLACE’ to eliminate trans fat in foods by 2023

The initiative provides six strategic actions to ensure the prompt, complete, and sustained elimination of industrially-produced trans fats from food supply.

May 15, 2018
Forbes

Mike Bloomberg Wants To Know Why More Than 29 Million Are Dying Each Year

"Half of all deaths worldwide have no associated death certificates that indicate the cause of death," said Michael Bloomberg. "A huge problem that results in a lot of preventable deaths and diseases because governments just don’t have the information that they need to target the causes."

May 15, 2018
Daily Mail

World Health Organisation vows to eliminate trans fats from diets globally in just FIVE years, new report reveals

The World Health Organization called on all nations to eliminate artificial trans fats, which are common in fried and processed foods, from the global food supply in the next five years

May 14, 2018
Los Angeles Times

Health officials launch ambitious plan to rid the world of trans fats

In an effort to save half a million lives each year, the World Health Organization urged developing nations to follow the lead of affluent countries and eliminate man-made trans fatty acids from their food supplies.

May 14, 2018
Global Health NOW

A Vital Boost for Policy

All too often—up to 40% of the time—a birth certificate is never provided. And it isn’t just about having the piece of paper; governments need data to make a host of decisions about health.

May 14, 2018
Business Insider

We've known that a dangerous type of fat has been killing people for decades — now governments are finally cracking down

Many countries have already banned trans fats, but food producers in Africa and South Asia still use these dangerous products.

May 14, 2018
Associated Press

Fight to Eliminate Trans Fats Goes Global

The World Health Organization is calling on all nations to rid foods of artificial trans fats in the next five years.

May 14, 2018
Voice of America

New Effort Being Launched to Eliminate Trans Fats Globally

REPLACE, a new global health plan is being rolled out by the World Health Organization, along with a health initiative called Resolve to Save Lives. The goal is to prevent half a million people a year from dying of heart disease.

May 14, 2018
Voice of America

WHO Declares War on Trans Fats

The advantages of trans fat is that it is cheap, lasts longer than natural oils, can be heated and reheated over and over again, and it's almost ideal for making baked goods. "Almost" because it can kill you.

May 14, 2018
Voice of America

WHO Wants to Remove Trans Fats from Food

"Trans fat is a toxic chemical that has been added to our food supply and accounts for an estimated more than 500,000 deaths every year," said Tom Frieden, CEO and president of Resolve to Save Lives.

May 14, 2018
U.S. News and World Report

WHO Calls for Elimination of Trans Fats Globally by 2023

Organizations announced an initiative called REPLACE, an acronym with six action items that are directed at the sustained elimination of industrially-produced trans fats.

May 14, 2018
NBC News

WHO urges all countries to ban trans fats

The World Health Organization (WHO) urged all countries to get rid of trans fats in their food supply, with laws banning them if necessary.

May 14, 2018
TIME

Trans Fats Should Be Eliminated From All Food Over the Next 5 Years: World Health Organization

WHO estimates that eating trans fats — commonly found in baked and processed foods — leads to the deaths of more than 500,000 people from heart disease every year.

May 14, 2018
The Telegraph

Ministers urged to ban deadly trans fats from foods

"The elimination of industrial trans fats from food is feasible and is being done but mostly in high income and western countries. We need to extend these efforts to all countries," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

May 14, 2018
Reuters

WHO calls for trans fats to be eliminated within five years

Trans fats are popular with manufacturers of fried, baked and snack foods because they have a long shelf life, but they are bad for consumers, increasing heart disease risk by 21 percent and deaths by 28 percent, a WHO statement said.

May 14, 2018
Associated Press

UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

The United Nations agency has in the past pushed to exterminate infectious diseases, but now it’s aiming to erase a hazard linked to chronic illness.

May 14, 2018
CNN

WHO calls for elimination of trans fat in foods by 2023

The World Health Organization wants to eliminate artificial trans fats from the global food supply and has a step-by-step strategy on how to do so by 2023.

May 14, 2018
Wall Street Journal

Food Makers Vow to Cut Trans Fats Globally

The World Health Organization is launching an initiative to eliminate trans fats from diets globally, pressing makers of foods and oils, and governments, to accelerate work to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths from heart disease each year.

May 14, 2018
Vox

The new global plan to eliminate the most harmful fat in food, explained

For the first time ever, global health officials have asked countries to completely banish trans fat from the entire food supply.

May 14, 2018
U.S. News and World Report

UN Health Agency Aims to Wipe Out Trans Fats Worldwide

WHO estimates that eating trans fats — commonly found in baked and processed foods — leads to the deaths of more than 500,000 people from heart disease every year.

May 14, 2018
New York Times

W.H.O. Calls for Worldwide Elimination of Trans Fats by 2023

Artificial trans fats have contributed to a half million deaths a year, many of those in developing countries ill-equipped to address the health threats posed by a product cherished for its low price and long shelf life.

May 14, 2018
New York Times

The World Doesn’t Need Trans Fats

Trans fats are a silent killer that many people are not aware of and can easily live without.

May 13, 2018
Daily Mail

UN agency calls for all countries to rid foods of trans fat

The World Health Organization is calling on all nations to rid foods of artificial trans fats in the next five years.

May 12, 2018
Deccan Herald

Community voices key to combat TB

Ending tuberculosis (TB) in India is a real possibility, but it will require a combined effort between national and state governments, and communities.

May 11, 2018
Financial Times

FT Health: Employers' guide to disability in the workplace

Tom Frieden, discusses his plans for saving 100 million lives by fighting cardiovascular disease in developing countries and strengthening defenses against pandemics.

May 11, 2018
The Guardian

London mayor to ban junk food ads on tubes and buses

London Mayor Sadiq Khan targets goods high in salt, fat and sugar to address the ‘timebomb’ of child obesity.

May 10, 2018
Devex

Cities and NCDs: The struggle toward a smoke-free Kathmandu

Kathmandu Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya has an ambition: To achieve an 85 percent compliance rate with smoking bans at work and in public spaces within the year, and eventually, make the city smoke free.

May 9, 2018
Global Health NOW

The Lifesaving Power of Data

In the absence of reliable data, countries have had to make assumptions and use statistical models to estimate how many people are born and die and what they’re dying of.

May 7, 2018
UN Global Dispatch

PODCAST: Can Tom Frieden Save 100 Million Lives?

Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, discusses his goal of saving 100 million lives by focusing on two health issues: cardiovascular disease and global defenses against pandemics.

May 3, 2018
Global Atlanta

U.S. Sen. Isakson: ‘Africa, the Most Important Continent in the 21st Century for Our Country’

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia called Africa “the most important continent in the 21st century for our country,” recognizing the benefits of public health programs and activities like the CDC.

May 1, 2018
Forbes

Power and Possibilities

Billionaire leaders like Michael Bloomberg and Oprah Winfrey have turned their attention towards philanthropy and collectively funneled billions of dollars towards health, education, and other charitable projects.

April 30, 2018
Global Health NOW

Not the Starbucks of Global Health: Vital Strategies Builds From Within

As part of Global Health NOW’s occasional Q&A series with global health leaders, José Luis Castro, president and CEO of Vital Strategies, talks about sustainability, data, the special challenge of fighting NCDs and why the 2014 high-level meeting on NCDs flopped.

April 30, 2018
Times of India

‘Evidence suggests that smoking on film glamorises tobacco use … India has highest number of TB patients’

With government aiming to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) from India by 2025, focus on links between smoking and TB is growing.

April 25, 2018
News Bytes

4 months, 20K challans: Delhi Police's resolve towards 'no public-smoking'

Showing strong resolve towards eliminating public-smoking, Delhi Police has issued double the number of receipts in just three months this year than last year, fining people for smoking in public.

April 24, 2018
Devex

Cities and NCDs: The growing threat of childhood obesity in Quito

As in many cities around the world, children in Quito are now more exposed to unhealthy food and sugary snacks contributing to childhood obesity.

April 23, 2018
Devex

Cities and NCDs: Curbing excess salt consumption in Ouagadougou

People in Ouagadougou are consuming excessive amounts of alcohol and sugary drinks, as well as fast food containing a high salt and fat content, growing the burden of non-communicable disease.

April 21, 2018
Viet Nam News

Ministry proposes tobacco tax increase to VNĐ2,000

The Ministry of Health proposed to raise the tax on tobacco, aiming to reduce the number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths.

April 20, 2018
Politico

HHS wants to delay Common Rule compliance

Bloomberg Philanthropies' Data for Health Initiative, is testing out new ways for tracking major life events such as birth numbers and causes of death providing governments and public health groups with a better sense of their populations’ overall health.

April 12, 2018
Sampan

BPS, city leaders and Wally the Green Monster join thousands of students in Walk to School Day

An estimated 2,000 Boston Public Schools (BPS) students from more than 12 schools serving grades K-8 took to the streets today as part of Walk to School Day, which aims to make walking to school safe, popular, and fun.

April 11, 2018
Face 2 News

Punjab Commences `India Hypertension Management Initiative' Programme For Detection And Treatment Of Hypertension

The Punjab Government launched the ‘India Hypertension Management Initiative’ (IHMI) programme for detection and treatment of people suffering from hypertension.

April 9, 2018
U.S. News & World Report

How to Sell a Soda Tax

Taxes on sugary beverages are all the rage for public health advocates, but sweet success depends on the playbook.

April 7, 2018
Real Clear Politics

On World Health Day, Are We Ready for the Next Outbreak?

For the first time in modern history, the Ebola virus reached cities with daily flight service to major global hubs in Africa and Europe. Left unchecked, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the virus would have infected as many as 1.4 million people in the span of just a few months.

April 6, 2018
The New York Times

TB Treatment May Leave Some Patients Contagious

TB, now the leading infectious killer worldwide, takes over 1.5 million lives per year. Treatment lasts at least six months and can cause serious side effects, making it difficult for patients to stick to it.

April 5, 2018
Deecan Chronicles

Lifestyle disease survey in 6 districts of Kerala

The state government of Kerala launched a comprehensive programme to assess the prevalence of NCDs among people 30 years of age and higher.

April 2, 2018
The Citizen

How secondhand smoke hurts children

Globally, about 40 percent of children are exposed to secondhand smoking.

March 29, 2018
The Hindu

Major initiative to control BP, diabetes

The Health Department is launching a major initiative as part of a national programme for developing a registry for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with focus on protocol-based standardized management of diabetes and hypertension

March 29, 2018
CityLab

Where Smoking Kills, and Why

Tuberculosis continues to be a formidable killer around the world due to tobacco use.

March 29, 2018
The Telegraph

Mapped: the global epidemic of 'lifestyle' disease in charts

Although often referred to as lifestyle issues – implying personal choice – the rapid spread of NCDs around the world suggests they are a more universal problem, correlating strongly with economic development and urbanisation.

March 27, 2018
Live Mint

Nudging people towards a healthier life

People are often victims of their environment and bounded rationality, and government policy can help make the necessary corrections.

March 26, 2018
Quartz

India can’t eliminate tuberculosis by 2025 without curbing smoking

More people die of tuberculosis (TB) in India than anywhere else in the world.
In 2016 alone, an estimated 423,000 Indians lost their lives to the infectious disease, accounting for nearly a third of global TB-related deaths.

March 23, 2018
NPR

How Fast Can An Outbreak Be Detected?

Preventing an epidemic is a tough mission in any country, especially a nation lacking in resources.

March 23, 2018
Modern Ghana

Teenage Smokers; How Ghana’s Low Excise Tax On Cigarette Encourages The Deadly Habit

Ghana currently imposes an excise tax of only 13.02 percent on the retail price of cigarettes which is about 56 percent below the WHO benchmark contributing significantly to the low price of cigarettes in the country.

March 22, 2018
Business Insider

Despite government efforts, 625,000 Indian children still use tobacco daily

The WHO’s Global Adult Tobacco Survey estimated that the total number of smokers in India fell by 8.1 million between 2009 and 2017. Yet, 625,000 children still use tobacco in the country on a daily basis.

March 21, 2018
The Washington Post

Longtime AIDS researcher Robert Redfield picked to lead CDC

Robert Redfield, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, was named the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

March 20, 2018
NewsX

Over 6.25 lakh Indian children smoke cigarettes daily, claims report

A study from the Tobacco Atlas shows that over 6.25 lakh children aged 10-14 smoke cigarettes every day.

March 19, 2018
The National

UAE smoking poll: only one in four have changed their habit since introduction of 'sin tax'

The latest figures into smoking habits in the UAE offer the first indicator of the impact of government measures introduced in October to encourage more people to quit.

March 19, 2018
Quartz

Over half a million children in India are smoking cigarettes everyday

Tobacco companies have increasingly been targeting the youth with over 625,000 Indian children aged between 10 and 14 years smoke cigarettes every day.

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