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Outdated Legal Frameworks Leave Millions Without a Legal Identity.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.

May 4, 2018

Data matching is a path to saving lives from road crashes

Practices like data matching play a critical role in gaining insight, with the goal to later inform policies and interventions that can reduce crashes and save lives.

May 1, 2018

From clinicians to advocates: African doctors take on air pollution

World Asthma Day shines a light on a health condition that is perhaps the most commonly recognized by the general public as having a clinical and an environmental dimension.

April 30, 2018

Celebrating AirNow: To Ensure Clean Air for Health, Follow the Data

April 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of AirNow – a flagship program of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed to help communicate information on local air quality within the United States.

April 26, 2018

Thamini Uhai introduces latest evidence-based treatment for post-partum hemorrhage in Kigoma, Tanzania

The Thamini Uhai maternal health team in Tanzania has rapidly introduced a new treatment that has been shown to reduce deaths among women who experience severe blood loss after giving birth.

April 22, 2018

Combating Plastic and Air Pollution

Plastic’s contribution to air pollution, especially in the world’s poorer countries, is an insidious but important way in which plastic pollution harms people today, not to mention the impact on future generations.

April 7, 2018

Registration Gaps in Low and-Middle Income Countries Leave Billions Behind

We’re working with governments in 20 low- and middle-countries around the world to improve the collection and use of critical public health data.

April 6, 2018

Cities Get Moving on New Plans for Walkable, Bikeable Streets

On World Day of Physical Activity, Vital Strategies applauds the 12 cities in the Partnership for Healthy Cities network working to promote physical activity in the fight against NCDs by creating walkable and bikeable city streets.

April 3, 2018

Kyiv, Quezon City and León Announce NCD and Road Safety Initiatives Through the Partnership for Healthy Cities

With progress well underway among the 54 cities in the Partnership for Healthy Cities, three more stepped forward last month to unveil public health interventions aimed at saving lives by preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or injuries.

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