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Catalyzing Change Through Partnership:

2023 Year in Review

In Cambodia, General Department of Identification staff visits the family whose baby was the first to be registered under the health-CR link pilot project at Sangkat Kakap 1 in Phnom Penh.
An interviewer conducts a questionnaire about lead exposure during a home visit in Bihar, India as part of our Environmental Health division’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program.
Our Data Impact program, part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative, joined the University of Papua New Guinea to help train emerging local health leaders on data-centered leadership. Here, Serah Dot (left), Hospital Manager from Western Highlands province and Maria Posanek, Health Manager, Catholic Health Services, East New Britain province work on a data Interpretation exercise.
Marleny Mesa Trompeta (center right) and her husband Andres Efrain Noscue (right), taking part in a verbal autopsy with members of the Colombia Rural Vital team a few weeks after their three-month-old son Eliad Noscue Mesa died. The photo was part of the New York Times Magazine cover story “The Incredible Challenge of Counting Every Global Birth and Death” by Jeneen Interlandi, which featured work by the Vital Strategies Civil Registration and Vital Statistics program. Photo Credit: Juan Arredondo for The New York Times Magazine.
An activation event in Johannesburg, South Africa for the “Better Labels, Better Choices” campaign calls for clearer warning labels on unhealthy, ultra-processed foods and beverages while the proposed front-of-package label regulations are open for public comment.
Roz, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Worker demonstrates how to administer Naloxone to someone in order to reverse a fatal overdose.
Mayor Carolina Cosse of Montevideo, Uruguay launches the healthy food for public employees program as part of the Partnership for Healthy Cities.
In Bangladesh, Chattogram City Corporation and the Chattogram Metropolitan Police released their first-ever road crash report, which showed that 56% of traffic deaths in the city are pedestrians.
Policymakers and advocates in RESET Alcohol countries gathered in October in Cape Town, South Africa to share best practices and lessons learned, as well as opportunities to push alcohol policy forward in their countries.
Our VitalTalks Live event panel discussion following the screening of the premiere of the film “Tobacco Slave”. The film exposes tobacco giant Imperial Brands and other companies through first-hand accounts from farmers in Malawi.
On World No Tobacco Day, Partnership for Healthy Cities technical lead Dr. Thriveni Beerenahally joined a local march to highlight the city’s smoke-free work in Bengaluru, India.
A video on tobacco and e-cigarette harms being shown in Hanoi, Vietnam.
A birth registration being conducted with a community health volunteer and village member for the Global Grants Program-funded project focusing on improving birth and death registrations in the North Bank Region of The Gambia.
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Our Global Footprint


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People covered by a policy Vital Strategies helped to achieve

Vital Strategies partners with national, sub-national and local governments—along with civil society, media and academia—across more than 80 countries around the world. In close collaboration with our local partners, we co-create programs and policies to reimagine evidence-based, locally driven policies and practices to advance public health.

Our world-class experts in public health, policy and communication build deep relationships with government and local stakeholders to strengthen their health systems for long-term sustainability. We work with our partners to identify the most pressing health issues that countries and communities face and devote our extensive experience to supporting them to tailor proven solutions to their local context.

We apply our expertise through data-driven decision-making, policymaking for health, strategic communication and more. And across all of our programs, everything we do is through an equity lens, whether it’s using data to prevent gender-based violence, protecting children from toxic lead, equipping countries to provide a legal identity to all,  or demanding a health-based approach to substance use disorders.

2023 Program Spotlights

Air pollution is the greatest environmental threat to human health worldwide. Vital Strategies engages local governments and the health sector to advance actions to counter climate change and clear the air.

High-quality data is the foundation of public health. We support governments to gather and use evidence to generate insights, inform action, and set priorities to drive effective, equitable policymaking. When governments can turn data into action, the result is longer, healthier lives for all.

Gender equity is a cross-cutting issue in Vital Strategies’ programs, with some projects and activities specifically focused on protecting equitable representation of all sexes and gender identities. One key to strengthening countries’ capacity to address gender is equipping governments to gather, analyze and act on gender-specific data.

Vital Strategies partners with states, municipalities and civic groups in seven U.S. states to promote harm reduction strategies proven to reduce overdose deaths. In 2023, we provided support, resources and guidance to state and local governments seeking to invest their share of the $26 billion in nationwide opioid settlement money in communities around the country hardest hit by the overdose crisis.

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Meet Our Team

Vital Strategies is a global organization of policy experts, researchers, advocates, communicators and innovators, supported by experts in operations and finance, working in partnership to reimagine evidence-based, locally driven policies and practices to advance public health. We profile our colleagues in an ongoing series we call Vital People. Read about the Vital Strategies team members we profiled recently.

Vital's Global Presence

Vital Strategies’ global offices—in Addis Ababa, Jinan, New York City, Paris, São Paulo and Singapore—engage with governments, change-makers and advocates with deep local knowledge to advance scalable, sustainable policies that ultimately prevent illness and injury and save lives. Our offices serve as hubs for our dedicated team of experts—330 employees, plus consultants—implementing programs in more than 80 countries. We are primed to take on new opportunities from start to finish and bring global best practices to new locations.

We’re grateful to the funding partners who have made our lifesaving work possible.