Unless urgent action is taken to reverse this global epidemic, the World Health Organization reports that tobacco will kill as many as one billion people this century, taking a greater claim on human health than any other single disease.
Every year, more than 1.5 million people die of tuberculosis (TB), a curable and preventable disease. Despite the progress made in the global TB control, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) has emerged as a major public health concern. Working with The Union and other global partners, we will implement clinical trials to improve treatment regimens.
Partnering with strong mayors in ten global cities, we work to reduce injury and death from road crashes, currently, a leading cause of death globally. We support these cities in changing driver behavior, road design and transportation systems, building data systems and implementing strong road safety policies.
We implement programs that strengthen these partners and the health systems they support working to improve the lives of billions.
When considering the impact that tobacco has on society, the first thing that comes to mind is the health impacts: cancer, emphysema, heart attacks, strokes and other tobacco-related illnesses. But it’s important to pull back and see what effect this burden of disease and premature death, and the tobacco industry as a whole, has on society.
Fortaleza launched its first media campaign on correct helmet wearing at a press conference at City Hall in February 2017. It ran for on TV, radio and social media, as well as movie theaters across the city. The traffic police was also carrying out enhanced enforcement in coordination with the media campaign.
Vital Strategies joins Bloomberg Philanthropies and WHO as an implementing partner in the Partnership for Healthy Cities, providing technical assistance, as needed, to participating cities as they pursue evidence-based interventions that deliver results.