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Catch up on the latest news from Vital Strategies and hear from our experts on how we’re addressing the leading public health issues around the world.

October 16, 2008

Tobacco Control Communication Resources Presented at Union World Conference on Lung Health

Among the tools on display will be a Tobacco Control Mass Media Resource Kit, which is designed to help campaign development. In conference sessions, WLF will discuss recent television advertisements made in China, India, Turkey and Mexico as part of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

October 1, 2008

New Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The $440,000 grant will be used to bring lung health experts from low- and middle-income countries to the 2008 and 2009 Union World Conferences on Lung Health hosted by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

September 30, 2008

India’s Government Applauded on Regulation to Protect Citizens from Tobacco Smoke

The government has acted responsibly and admirably to protect citizens despite the intense pressure of the tobacco industry to stop the right of citizens to breathe clean air.

August 6, 2008

US Contribution to PEPFAR Applauded

The US Government’s recently announced expansion of PEPFAR – the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is a welcome and important contribution to greatly improve the lives of millions of people living with AIDS around the world.

July 23, 2008

$500 Million to Reduce Tobacco Related Deaths

The $500 million commitment announced today by Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates to prevent tobacco related deaths, is an historic milestone in addressing the world’s most preventable public health crisis.

July 14, 2008

1,000 Kenyan Asthma Patients to Benefit from Donations to Running Team

One hundred percent of the money will directly fund comprehensive asthma treatment in Kenya including diagnosis, medicine, inhalers and case management.

May 27, 2008

New License-Free Video to Discourage Marketing Tobacco to Children

The video, which can be translated into dozens of languages, is available license-free to promote awareness of the impact tobacco youth marketing has on public health.

May 23, 2008

Turkey Commended as it Implements Smoking Ban in Public Places

In January 2008, Turkey approved a country-wide smoke-free law that prohibits smoking inside enclosed public places.

May 9, 2008

Support for Russia as it Joins the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

By joining the growing number of world nations (168) that support the FCTC, Russia has committed to taking strong measures to confront its growing tobacco epidemic. Approximately 400,000 Russians die of smoking-related illnesses every year.

May 1, 2008

Beijing Congratulated for Smoke Free Directive

The new regulations, which entered into effect this month, augment the existing smoke free law by banning smoking in several public places, including offices, hospitals, primary and secondary schools, cinemas, concert halls and museums and libraries among others.

March 24, 2008

Grant Results in FIRST Center In Asia to Combat Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

The Tropical Disease Foundation, has opened the first International Tuberculosis Center in Asia to combat Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB). The state-of-the-art facility will provide treatment, research, training and a steady supply of much-needed medications in the Philippines and across Asia.

February 7, 2008

World Health Organizations’ Global Tobacco Report as a Landmark Applauded

The WHO report, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is the world’s first-ever comprehensive report of how people in 179 countries use tobacco and what their governments are doing to reduce the health effects of tobacco use.

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