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.

September 21, 2018

High Level Meeting on NCDs: Time for Governments to Commit To Action

The United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs represents an important opportunity to provide a roadmap for countries to commit to policy actions that best prevent NCDs.

September 4, 2018

Outdated Legal Frameworks Leave Millions Without a Legal Identity. Here’s How Four Countries Took Action.

A strong legal framework is the foundation of a well-functioning CRVS system, and is a necessary step toward achieving universal, permanent, and continuous registration coverage.

August 15, 2018

Where Art Meets Advocacy: #TheyLieWeDie series takes off in Jakarta, Indonesia

As part of the #TheyLieWeDie series started in Jakarta in March 2018, 20 students from five universities in Jakarta gathered for “The Art of Social Change,” a workshop to take action against the tobacco industry and its influence.

August 2, 2018

Safer Streets in Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Accra and Ulaanbaatar with the Partnership for Healthy Cities

Through the Partnership, these four cities are implementing proven methods for preventing road injuries and deaths, whether slowing down traffic, protecting pedestrians, getting drivers to wear seat-belts, or convincing them to refrain from getting behind the wheel after drinking.

July 10, 2018

Quality Data Spurs Action on Life-Saving Policies

Vital Strategies and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control hosted a two-week “Data to Policy Training” workshop, providing technical assistance to government staff to enhance the skills of government staff to use data and analytic methods to develop new policy recommendations.

July 9, 2018

Developing Knowledge, Building Trust: Addis Ababa’s Community Advisory Board Takes Part In Community Engagement Capacity Building Training As Part Of The STREAM Trial

Earlier this month, 15 members of the STREAM community advisory board (CAB) from Addis Ababa took part in a refresher training session run by Dr Mohammed Abseno, trial sub-investigator and coordinator for the St. Peter’s Tuberculosis Specialized Hospital, one of the two STREAM sites in Ethiopia.

June 7, 2018

Top Five Take-aways from The World Health Assembly

Vital Strategies brought several important causes into sharp focus at one of the most important annual events in global health, the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

June 6, 2018

Four Partnership Cities Mark World No Tobacco Day with Anti-Smoking Drives, Snappy Slogans and Lots of Hearts

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bengaluru, India; Bandung, Indonesia; and Shenzhen, China took advantage of the annual World Health Organization (WHO) awareness day to launch Partnership-supported activities and boost public support.

May 25, 2018

Maximizing TB clinical trial results to influence policy

Disseminating clinical trial results like the STREAM Stage 1 results is an ethical obligation for researchers and can greatly facilitate policy and program change. But, in practice, dissemination often fails to reach key stakeholders, and the logistics and technical challenges of disseminating complex findings can make the process challenging.

May 22, 2018

Guest Blog: Fighting NCDs and Injuries with Policy – Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland

Alison Douglas, Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland was an integral part of recent legislation in Scotland that seeks to limit harmful use of alcohol. Minimum pricing is a recommended World Health Organization intervention because it discourages harmful use in people from the very young to those with alcohol dependence.

May 17, 2018

The Moral Imperative of Clean Household Energy – Stanford Social Innovation Review

The world’s poor and low-income countries need greater access to modern energy solutions, including clean-burning fossil fuels for household use. Thomas Matte, Vice President of our Environmental Health Division, writes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

May 9, 2018

Six Latin American Cities Serve up Healthy Food Strategies

Combatting the rise in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and obesity in Latin America was the focus of a food policy workshop hosted by Vital Strategies in Bogotá, Colombia, last month that featured six cities in the region working with the Partnership for Healthy Cities. The emphasis was on how the cities can support healthy food “environments” and reduce risk factors for NCD and obesity.

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