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.

March 8, 2019

8 Extraordinary Women Leading Cities and Fighting Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries

This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating eight urban leaders making a difference around the world by creating healthier, safer cities with the Partnership for Healthy Cities.

February 27, 2019

Know the Facts About Air Pollution, the Invisible Killer

Air pollution is a serious and pervasive public health problem affecting nine out of ten people worldwide, and yet most people only think about air pollution when they can see it or smell it. In fact, most air pollution occurs at concentrations that are invisible and odorless, but still dangerous.

February 12, 2019

Move Toward Local Health Data Will Mean a Healthier Ecuador

While Ecuador’s national data shows that people’s health and social well-being has improved significantly at the national level, when it comes to understanding the situation at the local level, information is limited.

February 4, 2019

Three Cities Confronting Cancer

On World Cancer Day, many of the 54 cities in the Partnership for Healthy Cities are making inspiring progress on public health interventions that can prevent cancer and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

February 1, 2019

5 Actions Governments Can Take to Fight Cancer

This World Cancer Day, we’re bringing attention to concrete steps that governments can take to prevent avoidable cases of this deadly disease — and to champion efforts that are already paving the way.

December 19, 2018

5 Cities That Improved Kids’ Health in 2018

When governments invest in creating healthy and safe environments for children, they benefit doubly—by improving their society’s present and securing its future.

December 18, 2018

Why Advocates are Calling for Black Triangles on the Front of Brazil’s Food Packages

To combat the growing obesity epidemic in Brazil, international organizations recommend bold, tested food warning labels as a cost-effective way to provide consumers with clear information about what they are eating.

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 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.

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.

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