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.

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Outdated Legal Frameworks Leave Millions Without a Legal Identity.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.

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.

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