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 22, 2018

Improved but Unchecked: The Growing Need for Water Quality Surveillance

Access to safe drinking water remains one of the most basic yet essential health needs around the globe. In our CityHealth Perspective blog series, we look at how clean water saves lives.

March 21, 2018

Addressing Peatland Forest Fires for Public Health in Southeast Asia

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Forests in 2012. Today, we celebrate our forests and raise awareness of the need to preserve and rehabilitate them.

March 14, 2018

Partnership for Healthy Cities: Melbourne Encourages Biking, Quito Improves School Food

Two more cities announced their Partnership for Healthy Cities initiatives, with Melbourne encouraging commuter biking and Quito providing healthier food in schools.

March 7, 2018

A new generation of lung health specialists are now a leading voice in Ethiopia

That the ETS meeting was able to attract high government officials from the public health and medical sectors as speakers, and was able to draw such a large and interested cross section of physicians and surgeons interested in the problems of lung disease in Ethiopia represents a signal achievement in the history of EATI, now entering its sixth year. 

February 28, 2018

Kuala Lumpur Goes Smoke-Free with the Partnership for Healthy Cities

It’s against the law for residents of Malaysia’s capital to smoke in restaurants, government buildings or shopping centers, but people sometimes light up anyway. So the city has joined the Partnership for Healthy Cities with a plan to get tougher about enforcing the law and build public support for a fully smoke-free Kuala Lumpur.

February 22, 2018

Where There Is Fire, There Is Smoke

Recent smoky wildfires are just part of a much larger, slow-burning global air pollution crisis.

February 15, 2018

In Tanzania, the cause of 92% of deaths are unknown. The Solution: Better Data

Without a clear picture of the underlying causes-of-death, any attempt to tackle health challenges can often seem like searching in the dark.

February 14, 2018

Partners in Public Health, 13 Cities Share NCD Strategies and Early Wins

The Partnership for Healthy Cities is at an exciting mid-point, with many of the 54 cities in the two-year project already bringing their initiatives to life—guidelines for healthier food in schools, for instance, or projects to make cities more walkable and bikeable—all aimed at tackling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries.

February 12, 2018

“The River is Our Canvas”—Indonesia’s first anti-industry action in 2018

Across Indonesia, Vital Strategies and local activists are taking on an industry responsible for the deaths of more than 217,000 Indonesians every year. In villages, on walls and rooftops, and in mini-buses, the #TheyLieWeDie anti-industry social marketing campaign is drawing attention to tobacco industry lies.

February 2, 2018

In Cities Worldwide, A Reliable Partner Against Preventable Cancers

This year, on World Cancer Day, The Partnership for Health Cities joins the global health community in recognizing victims and survivors of cancer worldwide, while maintaining a commitment to our ongoing efforts to help make cities around the world more healthy, equitable places, free from preventable cancers.

Breathing Smoke in the City: Air Pollution and Lung Cancer

Ahead of World Cancer Day, we look at how outdoor air pollution is an increasingly important risk factor for lung cancer among former and never-smokers.

January 29, 2018

Clearing the Air of Second-hand smoke in Mexico

Mexico sin Humo has delivered clear messages and heart-wrenching stories about the health harms of second-hand smoke through social media and national news coverage.

January 23, 2018

Moving toward a sustainable tobacco control program in Pakistan

2017 was a year of progress for tobacco control in Pakistan. Legal and regulatory developments have led the country closer towards the establishment of Sustainable Funding Mechanisms for nationwide tobacco control communication programs.

January 4, 2018

Accra, Bangkok Launch Efforts to Reduce Road Traffic Crashes During Holiday Season

Accra was one of two cities in the BIGRS initiative that recently launched campaigns to combat speeding and drink driving during the holiday season. Bangkok, Thailand, utilized a social experiment video to show the deadly dangers of speeding. Accra debuted its first campaign to combat drinking and driving during the festive season – both with the support of Vital Strategies.

December 20, 2017

Accra Announces Redesign of Deadly Highway Crossing, as Four More Partnership Cities Unveil Plans

The Accra was one of four cities to launch in December under the Partnership for Healthy Cities, a network of more than 50 cities taking preventive measures against the steep rise worldwide in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries.

December 13, 2017

In Indonesia, Advocates Click For Safety

To change people’s attitudes and behaviors around seat belt use, the city of Bandung, Indonesia, and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) launched the latest #KlikBiarSelamat (Click for Safety) campaign, focusing on the importance of seat belt use by all vehicle occupants. The campaigned marks Bandung’s second as part of BIGRS, after the first addressed proper helmet use in June 2016.

November 22, 2017

Partnership Cities Target Smoking, Promote Cycling and Commit to Healthy School Food

It was a busy week for the Partnership for Healthy Cities, with four participating cities—Kigali, São Paulo, Fortaleza and Bogotá—announcing the public health policies they’re pursuing under the project, with support from Vital Strategies, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organization (WHO).

November 21, 2017

Changing the conversation about alcohol  

Alcohol is a major determinate of ill health and a leading cause of disability worldwide. The human and economic burden of drinking and driving, or by the alcohol-related conditions like liver cancer, are staggering. More than 3.3 million are killed people globally each year from alcohol-related causes.

November 15, 2017

Ulaanbaatar Buckles Up, and Cali and Medellín Take on Obesity at School

The capital of Mongolia and two of Colombia’s biggest cities announced their Partnership for Healthy Cities initiatives last week, publicizing their commitments to improving the health of their cities over the  coming months under the Bloomberg Philanthropies project, which Vital Strategies is helping to implement.

November 14, 2017

Fighting Obesity to Reduce the Prevalence of Diabetes

On World Diabetes Day, we join the International Diabetes Federation and other partners to raise awareness and accelerate progress on the diabetes epidemic and the spread of obesity around the world.

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