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.
Without essential data about what is causing death and disease, many countries rely on “best guess” methods to guide health resource allocation and policy decisions. We empower governments to count every life and use data strategically to target resources and policies that improve health and opportunity for their people.
Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease and stroke, remains the leading cause of death worldwide, claiming 18 million lives each year despite the availability of effective, inexpensive and safe prevention and treatment. High blood pressure alone is the world’s leading cause of death, killing 10 million people annually, more than all infectious diseases combined.
An infectious disease can travel around the globe in just 36 hours. It is not a matter of “if” there will be a new disease outbreak that threatens millions of lives – but “when.”
By 2030, road traffic crashes are projected to become the world's 5th leading cause of death. Among young adults, it is already the main killer. With the right interventions, these tragedies are entirely preventable.
Tuberculosis has become the world's leading infectious killer, despite the fact that it is completely preventable and curable. A lengthy treatment regimen is also driving the rise of drug-resistant strains.
The challenges of outdoor and household air pollution, safe drinking water, sanitation, housing, transportation and food security will only intensify with climate change and ongoing population growth, particularly in urban areas. Vital Strategies provides technical capacity and consultative services to meet the global burden of environmental risks and harms.
Obesity is one of the world’s fastest growing global public health problems. In Mexico, we used our expertise to support media campaigns that both drove behavior changes and built public support for a landmark soda tax that reduced consumption of this obesity driver. Now, we’re leveraging our experiences in Mexico to help combat obesity in other countries around the world.
Noncommunicable diseases and injuries cause nearly 80% of deaths around the world today. With over half the world’s population now living in cities, bold actions by local leaders to improve public health policy and practice—from serving healthier foods in schools to eliminating tobacco smoke from public places or building cycle lanes—can save countless lives.