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.

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 21, 2018

New Text Messaging Platform Improves Birth and Death Registration in Colombia

A new text messaging platform in Colombia is increasing the notifications of rural births and deaths to local governments with the support of community leaders.

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.

October 11, 2018

When Getting to School is Dangerous: Three Cities Tackle Road Safety for Children

Lusaka, Zambia joins two other Partnership cities to improve road safety for schoolchildren.

September 25, 2018

Strengthened Civil Registration of Births and Deaths: a key to the SDGs

Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS), the registration of vital events such as births and deaths and cause of death, contribute to up to 40 percent of the SDGs and their targets.

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.

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