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Vital Strategies' programs and public health experts in the news

February 16, 2018

UN to development community: Think urban for the SDGs

As the international community gears up to review global progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 11, the so-called “urban SDG,” getting cities right is increasingly seen by many development experts as essential to deliver on the entire 2030 Agenda.

February 14, 2018
CBS News

Former CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden on the challenges of tackling the flu

Tom Frieden, the CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, a global health initiative that focuses on preventing epidemics and cardiovascular health, says this year's flu season, while worse than expected, didn't completely catch us off guard.

February 11, 2018
The Guardian

The Guardian view on childhood obesity: forget small steps, tackle big food

The tactics of big food are, as the global health organization Vital Strategies points out in its report Fool Me Twice, strikingly similar to those of big tobacco over the years. But big food has the advantage that everyone needs to eat, while no one needs to smoke, and that a biscuit does not damage health as a cigarette does.

February 8, 2018

Global health security's ticking clock, 'Global gag rule' at 6 months and Abraaj: this week in development

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to cut back activities associated with the “global health security agenda,” a network of technical assistance efforts launched after the Ebola virus outbreak aimed at preparing countries around the world to better detect and respond to emerging pandemics.

February 7, 2018
The Times of India

One in five adults in city suffer from hypertension

A 2014 review of hypertension conducted by 'Resolve to Save Lives'— a five-year public health initiative of Vital Strategies funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, showed that about 33% urban and 25% rural Indians have high blood pressure.

February 5, 2018

Cuts to CDC epidemic programs will endanger Americans, former chief says

The CDC informed personnel in the past two weeks that it was discontinuing its work in 39 out of 49 countries where its Center for Global Health helps prevent, detect and respond to dangerous infectious disease threats, such as Ebola and the Zika virus.

February 1, 2018
The Washington Post

CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak

Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said.

January 31, 2018

The scandal that just forced the CDC director to resign, explained

Brenda Fitzgerald, the Georgia doctor who Trump appointed to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has resigned amid allegations of conflicts of interest.

January 26, 2018
Malnutrition Deeply

Taxing the World Out of Obesity

Taxes on sugar sweetened beverages have quickly become the most prominent strategy in the global push to reduce overweight and obesity, as well as linked non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that include diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

January 19, 2018
The Washington Post

This flu season keeps getting deadlier, and a shutdown will make things worse

During the second week of January, more people sought care for flulike illnesses than at any comparable period in nearly a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weekly report shows.

January 14, 2018
Economic Times India

We strive to save 100 million lives by implementing solutions to prevent heart disease

In an interview with ETHealthworld, Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, talks about his initiative to save lives and prevent epidemic by catalyzing country action to find, stop and prevent new disease threats.

January 11, 2018
The Washington Post

U.S. life expectancy is dropping. Here’s how to fix it.

Tens of millions more Americans now have high blood pressure. Almost half of all Americans -- 46% -- are now considered to be in the high blood pressure category based on new guidelines.

January 11, 2018

Why is the flu so bad this year?

Why does the flu seem to be so bad this year? And why doesn't the flu shot seem to be doing the trick? With Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC director and now President andCEO of Resolve to Save Lives.

January 5, 2018
Financial Times

Government and Industry Must do More on NCDs

José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies, spoke to the Financial Times about the role governments and industry must play in the fight against NCDs.

December 26, 2017
FOX News

US Funding Can Save Millions of Lives Through Public Health Programs in 2018

An op-ed by Dr. Tom Frieden, CEO and President of the Resolve to Save Lives initiative looks at the challenges facing public health, particularly preventing heart attacks, strokes, drug overdoses and epidemics.

December 21, 2017

Biggest Global Health Moments of 2017

The Resolve to Save Lives initiative has been named among the top global health moments of 2017 by Devex.

December 18, 2017

New Data Gateway Helps Developing Countries Collect Crucial Information

The Data for Health initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies has entered a new phase in supporting developing countries to improve the collection and registration of vital statistics, including births and deaths.

December 13, 2017
Gulf Today

Jawahar Extolls NCD Organisations

The second Global NCD Aliiance Forum has concluded with acknowledgement of some of the key NCD organisations that have made progress.

December 7, 2017

Are Food And Beverage Companies Re-Running The Big Tobacco Playbook?

Is this a re-run? That's what Vital Strategies is asking about various multi-national food, soda, and alcohol companies in its just released report entitled Fool Me Twice.

November 18, 2017
CBS News

Former CDC Director's New Effort to Tackle Global Health Issues

Resolve to Save Lives is a five-year, $225 million global health initiative that seeks to address major health issues on a global scale. Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Resolve's president and CEO, Dr. Tom Frieden, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the two major areas the project focuses on: cardiovascular health and epidemic prevention.

November 17, 2017

Opinion: The Achille's Heel of the Sustainable Development Goals is a Lack of Data

Every year, 130 million babies are born, nearly one-quarter of whom will begin life without any official record of their existence. An even smaller percentage of annual deaths will have any meaningful record.

November 16, 2017
The Moscow Times

Ending Tuberculosis Starts in Moscow

Op-ed by José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies: A meeting of the world’s health ministers in Moscow could prove to be a pivotal moment on the road to ending tuberculosis (TB).

November 14, 2017

Nearly half of Americans now have high blood pressure, based on new guidelines

Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of the Resolve to Save Lives initiative comments on America's new high blood pressure guidelines.

November 14, 2017

City creates Partnership for Healthy Cities

Cape Town joins the Partnership for Healthy Cities, an initiative that aims to reduce obesity by encouraging proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

November 13, 2017
Washington Post

Blood pressure of 130 is the new ‘high,’ according to first update of guidelines in 14 years.

The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other groups redefined high blood pressure as a reading of 130 over 80, down from 140 over 90.

November 13, 2017
Daily Mail

Is your blood pressure past 130/80?

New guidelines published by the American Heart Association add 30 million Americans to the 'hypertension' bracket."

October 29, 2017
The Hindu

Fighting The Silent Killer

Hypertension has become the biggest risk factor for heart attacks and stroke and is often detected only after deadly complications have occurred.

October 26, 2017
The Independent - Bangladesh

Tobacco Kills 100,000 People Annually: Zahid Maleque

The Health Ministry and Vital Strategy launched the 30-second long TV spot titled 'Bish Batas' to raise awareness about the impact of tobacco.

October 23, 2017

Stress Is A Public Health Concern, Too

Public health leaders from around the world are starting to acknowledge that the scope of their work must extend to underlying factors that cause risky behaviors, such as smoking.

October 23, 2017
Jamaica Observer

Kingston Joins 'Partnership For Healthy Cities'

The partnership will focus on a public awareness and policy campaign to accelerate and implement the serving of healthier foods in schools.

October 18, 2017
Deccan Herald

Almost Half Of B'lureans Are Passive Smokers, Says Survey

Bengaluru looks to become a smokefree city, after join the Partnership for Healthy Cities.

September 29, 2017
Financial Times

FT Health: Three questions with Dr. Tom Frieden

Dr. Tom Frieden discusses the new Resolve to Save Lives initiative with the Financial Times.

September 12, 2017
New York Times

Frieden’s Next Act: Heart Disease And Preparing For New Epidemics

Dr. Tom Frieden launches a global health initiative that focuses on cardiovascular health and epidemic preparedness - Resolve to Save Lives.

September 12, 2017
Wall Street Journal

Former CDC Director Frieden Takes Aim At Heart Disease, Epidemics

Dr. Tom Frieden leads Resolve, a $225 million initiative, that aims to tackle two global health issues: heart disease and epidemic preparedness.

September 12, 2017
Washington Post

Former CDC Chief Launches $225 Million Global Health Initiative

Dr. Tom Frieden leads a $225 million global health initiative to fight heart disease and stroke and infectious disease epidemics.

September 12, 2017

Former CDC Director Tom Frieden To Launch New Global Health Initiative

Dr. Tom Friedan launches Resolve, a new global health initiative that will prevent heart attacks, strokes, and epidemics with the goal of saving 100 million lives.

September 12, 2017

Tom Frieden's New Venture Combines Two Disparate Health Threats

Tom Frieden leads an initiative to reduce and prevent heart disease and stroke, and to increase worldwide preparedness for fighting epidemics.

September 12, 2017
The Guardian

Resolve Health Initiative Aims To Save 100m Lives Worldwide

Led by Dr. Tom Frieden, the Resolve initiative hopes to save millions with interventions such as epidemic preparedness, salt reduction and a trans fats ban.

August 18, 2017
The Guardian

Revealed: how British American Tobacco exploited war zones to sell cigarettes

Documents show how the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company pursued growth and profit amid instability in African and Middle East countries.

August 3, 2017
The Straits Times

Clear Roadmap Needed On Journey To Becoming Smoke-free

Judith Mackay, an anti-tobacco advocate, has paved the way for tobacco control campaigns and smoke free countries in Asia.

July 13, 2017
The Guardian

Big tobacco still sees big business in America's poor

The US is pegged as an ‘exciting’ market, but this growth disproportionately affects the poor – including the industry’s growers and laborers

July 13, 2017
The Guardian

Tobacco companies tighten hold on Washington under Trump

Top White House figures – including the vice-president and health secretary – have deep ties to an industry whose donations began pouring in on day one

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

Threats, bullying, lawsuits: tobacco industry's dirty war for the African market

Revealed: In pursuit of growth in Africa, British American Tobacco and others use intimidatory tactics to attempt to suppress health warnings and regulation

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

How big tobacco has survived death and taxes

A casual observer could be forgiven for believing that the tobacco industry – for so long a fixture as permanent as its two main by-products, death and taxes – is itself on its last legs.

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

Nations That Cannot Fight Tobacco Industry Should Raise Taxes, Says WHO

The World Health Organization says many governments have neither the funds nor enough expertise to take on big tobacco companies.

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

Nairobi's Smoking Culture – In Pictures

The tobacco industry in east Africa poses a threat to the efforts to curb smoking through regulation.

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

Inside the murky world of Nairobi's smoking zones

The Kenyan government has cracked down on cigarettes with a ban on advertising and smoking in public, driving the habit into the shadows.

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

The Guardian view on big tobacco: stop the spread - Editorial

Companies like British American Tobacco are using the same tactics they used in the global north to delay legislation in the global south

June 23, 2017

A Peek Into Bloomberg's New Public Health Initiative

Bloomberg will launch a global health initiative, working with cities across the globe to implement interventions in non-communicable diseases and injury prevention.

June 22, 2017
Asia Times

Global Data Initiative: Making The Invisible Visible

An estimated two billion people, or roughly 40% of the world’s population, are invisible and have no formal proof of their existence, such as a birth certificate. The Data for Health initiative is helping change this.

June 9, 2017

‘Part Of The New Reality’: Despite Confusion, Zika Warnings Are Here To Stay

Despite public confusion over whether Zika remains a public health threat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn women who are pregnant to avoid traveling to wide swathes of Latin America and the Caribbean.

June 8, 2017
The Times of India

83% Of Road Mishap Victims In Mumbai Are Men

Digitisation of Mumbai Traffic Police's data on fatal accidents by the Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative for global road safety, has brought up key areas where interventions can be planned to save lives.

June 5, 2017
New Straits Times

Dr. Mackay, Tobacco Industry’s Worst Nightmare

Vital Strategies' Dr. Judith Mackay, an anti-tobacco advocate, has spent decades campaigning against tobacco in Asia since 1984.

June 2, 2017
Berita Satu TV Indonesia

Bogor City Holds World No Tobacco Day Event

Bogor City Government held a social campaign to commemorate World No Tobacco Day and increase public awareness of the dangers of smoking for health.

June 1, 2017
Indian Television

‘TB Cough' Shows Tobacco Use Fueling Tuberculosis Epidemic

India's ministry of health and family welfare launched the world's first tobacco control mass media campaign to warn people about the risk of tuberculosis associated with smoking cigarettes.

June 1, 2017
Business Standard

Powerful Campaign Shows Tobacco Use Fueling India’s Tb Epidemic

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India launched the world's first tobacco control mass media campaign to warn people about the risk of tuberculosis associated with smoking cigarettes.

May 31, 2017
Voice of America

Study: China Struggles To Kick World-leading Cigarette Habit

An estimated 316 million people smoke in China, almost a quarter of the population, and concerns are growing about the long-term effects on public health and the economy.

May 23, 2017
Voice of America News: Health Chat

Interview On Road Safety With Vital Strategies’ Karen Schmidt

May 22, 2017
Real Clear Health

New Leader Of The World Health Organization Must Bring Deep Reform

Op-ed by José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies: The key to change at WHO will be a leader that can strategically improve the organization’s overall management.

May 12, 2017
China Daily

Big Cigarette Warnings Needed To Cut Deaths

Vital Strategies' Dr. Judith Mackay dismisses tobacco industry’s arguments that larger images of smoking’s dangers will drive illicit trade.

May 9, 2017
Asia Times

UN Safety Drive Aims To Get Motorists To Slow Down

Op-ed by Tom Carroll, Senior Advisor, Vital Strategies: Speed has become the core factor of road traffic injury as one in three road traffic deaths occur because of speed.

May 9, 2017
Ithaca College

Sustainability And Indonesia’s Tobacco Epidemic

By Enrico Aditjondro, Associate Director, Vital Strategies: Sustainable media campaigns are essential in the fight to reduce tobacco use and smoke related deaths.

May 3, 2017
The Daily Star

Discourage Tobacco Consumption

Letter to the Editor: Shafiqul Islam, Bangladesh Country Advisor, Vital Strategies urges governments to implement tobacco taxes and regulations that deter citizens and particularly the youth from consuming tobacco.

April 26, 2017
The Hindu

Traffic Police Get Lessons On Road Safety

Mumbai holds a three day workshop to provide the Mumbai traffic police with better skills in road safety and the enforcement of wearing a helmet.

April 11, 2017
Asian Journal

Cigarettes: The Macho Killers

Aggressive tobacco control campaigns are essential to shifting the smoking culture, which has been normalized by the tobacco industry.

April 4, 2017
Real Clear Health

Treat E-Cigarettes with Extreme Caution and Skepticism to Protect Health

By Dr. Neil Schluger, Senior Advisor, Vital Strategies: The public health community has been divided on the use of e-cigarettes, but the evidence shows there is reason for extreme caution about embracing e-cigarettes.

March 27, 2017
CBS News

"Verbal autopsies" could reveal how millions live and die

Verbal autopsies have provided a research method to determine the probable cause of death when no formal medical records of the deceased may exist.

March 2, 2017
The Daily Star

Spend surcharge from tobacco products to prevent diseases

The spending of health development surcharges in tobacco control can save millions in non-communicable disease prevention.

March 2, 2017
The National News Agency of Bangladesh

Strategic tobacco control workshop held in Dhaka

Vital Strategies held a tobacco control workshop, stressing the importance of effective tobacco control and reducing tobacco use in Bangladesh.

March 2, 2017
The Independent - Bangladesh

Experts suggest pictorial campaigns against tobacco

Vital Strategies calls for more awareness campaigns to help reduce tobacco use in Bangladesh.

February 27, 2017

How Bloomberg's Data for Health initiative is helping reshape Australian aid

For the first time, programs covering everything from infant mortality rates to traffic deaths can draw from a robust body of data.

February 21, 2017
The Sunday Times

Cut diabetes, obesity down to size

Obesity imposes a heavy burden on South Africans, with obesity-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes accounting for 43% of deaths in the country.

February 19, 2017
The Guardian

How to win the war on air pollution

Letter to the Editor: Much of urban pollution stems from outside city limits and significant progress will only be achieved with policies that also require national, regional and even international commitment.

February 19, 2017

Activists Empower Yogyakarta Residents to Show Their True Colors and Reject Tobacco Industry Exploitation

Vital Strategies congratulated health advocates, artists and the people of Kali Code village, Yogyakarta, on the unveiling of "Show Your True Colors,"

February 12, 2017
The Indian Express

Ministry report: ‘COTPA implementation poor in films, TV shows’

A study conducted by the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies, found that only 27 per cent films implemented anti-smoking messages, as required under the rule.

February 9, 2017
The New York Times

LTE: José Luis Castro: The Gag Rule, Expanded

José Luis Castro, president and chief executive officer of Vital Strategies, responds to the expanded global gag rule that defunds organizations with family-planning activities.

February 8, 2017

This Brazilian mayor aims to shock motorcycle riders into wearing helmets

In an effort to curb such preventable deaths, Fortaleza is launching a public safety campaign to encourage helmet use.

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