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Catch up on the latest news from Vital Strategies and hear from our experts on how we’re addressing the leading public health issues around the world.

March 24, 2019

“It’s Time” for Governments to End TB

It is entirely unacceptable that every year 1.6 million people die from a disease that we have been able to treat since the 1940s. In developed nations, tuberculosis has nearly been eradicated, but in low- and middle-income countries, TB remains the leading infectious killer.

March 20, 2019

Resolve to Save Lives Announces US$1.25 Million in Grants to Promote Heart Health in Low-and Middle-Income Countries

LINKS is building a community of champions working to promote cardiovascular health around the world by connecting leading experts with each other and providing one-time, catalytic grants.

March 15, 2019

Statement from Sandra Mullin, Senior Vice President at Vital Strategies, on how big tobacco’s tactics shaped the children’s sugary drinks market

This new research from University of California San Francisco reveals that tobacco companies adapted youth-focused marketing strategies for their tobacco products to develop sugary drinks brands that are still popular today.

March 11, 2019

Statement from José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies, on President Donald Trump’s proposed 2020 budget for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Lives are at stake. We call on Congress and the Trump administration to put the public’s health before politics.”

March 8, 2019

Global Health Depends on Gender Equality

“This year, on International Women’s Day, we join the global community to “better the balance” by addressing the toll of NCDs on women, as individuals and caregivers, worldwide.”

March 6, 2019

Statement from Dr. Neil Schluger, Senior Advisor for Science at Vital Strategies, on the announcement of FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb’s resignation

“We urge the next FDA commissioner to not only take on this issue but to do more to adopt essential regulation on the sale and marketing of these products. Children deserve no less.”

March 5, 2019

Statement from Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, on the release of the US report on Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for Sodium and Potassium

“Eating too much salt is a leading cause of high blood pressure and causes more than 3 million deaths around the world every year. The new, rigorously derived recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences reaffirm the bottom line message to the world: too much salt is harmful, lower is better and will save lives.”

Statement from José Luis Castro, President and CEO, Vital Strategies, In Response to Michael R Bloomberg’s Global Leadership

While Mayor Bloomberg announced today that he will not be running for President of the United States in 2020, our organization applauds his national and global leadership and his extraordinary dedication to public service.

February 20, 2019

Statement from Sandra Mullin, Senior Vice President at Vital Strategies, on New Findings on Chile’s Food Labelling and Advertising Laws

According to the study, mothers understand that Chile’s food regulations are designed to combat childhood obesity and agree they are changing perceptions, attitudes and behaviors. Many are changing their purchasing decisions to buy healthier products for their children, who have become promoters of change in their families.

February 7, 2019

STOP Congratulates WHO For Rejecting Approach From the Philip Morris International-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), a global tobacco industry watchdog, welcomes news that World Health Organization’s Executive Board reaffirmed its position that it will not work with the Philip Morris International-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.

February 5, 2019

Statement from José Luis Castro, President and CEO, Vital Strategies, in response to “Confronting Illicit Tobacco Trade,” a new report from World Bank Group

“We hope “Confronting Illicit Trade in Tobacco” emboldens governments across the globe to advance global efforts to reduce illicit trade that harms health, equity, governance and government revenues.”

February 3, 2019

Governments Can Reduce Half of New Cancer Cases with Stronger Health Policies

This World Cancer Day, we urge governments to implement proven, lifesaving policies such as taxes on unhealthy products. Without urgent action, the human and economic toll of cancer will only increase.

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