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.
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.
The way that communication is handled during a crisis is as important as the response to the crisis itself. Vital Strategies draws on decades of collective experience to help governments and organizations gauge public communication needs and use proven tactics to assess a proper course of action.
Every two minutes a woman dies due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth - more than 300,000 a year. 99% of these deaths occur in low-resource, rural settings, and nearly all of them could have been prevented if the necessary medical care were available.
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.
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.
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.
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.