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About Us

We are a leading global public health organization and a trusted partner of governments and civil society organizations around the world.

Vital Strategies helps governments strengthen their public health systems to contend with the most important and difficult health challenges. We bring the best of public health thinking to design solutions that can scale rapidly and improve the lives of millions of people.

A public health system is the often-invisible web of protections that help us lead long, productive and healthy lives. It is regulations that keep toxins out of our food and pollutants out of the air we breathe. It is data that informs decisions about health policy, and skilled health workers who can spot an outbreak before it becomes an epidemic.

We envision a world where everyone is protected by a strong public health system.” 

Vital Strategies’ Global Vision

We’re helping governments acquire the knowledge and tools they need to make rapid progress against cancer, heart disease, obesity, epidemic diseases, drug overdose, road crashes and other leading causes of disease, injury and death.

We’re working for a world where a little girl growing up in New Delhi, Cape Town or São Paolo has the same opportunity for health as a girl growing up anywhere.

With your partnership, we know we can make that happen, and billions of people can live longer, healthier lives.

Our Story

Vital Strategies started in a hazy café in 2003 in New Delhi, India, where our founders, including current President and CEO José Luis Castro, met and agreed to take on a complex challenge: Working towards a future where lifesaving drugs were no longer stuck on loading docks, or where critical data sat unexamined while policies stalled on the public agenda. 

They were all too aware that millions of people, especially in low- and middle-income countries, were dying from entirely preventable causes—tobacco alone took the lives of nearly seven million annually.

The organization they envisioned would be driven by the belief that every person deserves to be protected by a strong public health system. It would ground its work in scientific evidence and best-practice approaches, form strong working partnerships with governments and civil society groups, and act with a speed that matched the urgency of the challenge.

In January 2016, their vision was fully realized. Formed out of a merger between World Lung Foundation and The Union, North America, Vital Strategies was launched to bridge the gap between pressing public health needs and effective solutions. Whether we are addressing the impact of urban air pollution or overdose prevention, we build agile teams of experts, strategists and researchers to advance scalable, sustainable policies and ultimately save lives.


Meet Our Team

Our world-class talent tackle the biggest and most immediate public health challenges to save lives

Global Offices

Five global offices engage with governments, change-makers and advocates with deep local knowledge