At Vital Strategies, we work for a world where everyone, everywhere is protected by equitable and effective public health systems.
Vital Strategies is a global health organization. We work with governments and civil society to design and implement evidence-based strategies to address some of the world’s biggest public health challenges. We seek solutions focus on rapid, large-scale impact that can improve the lives of millions of people.
Vital Strategies’ Brazil office was officially founded in 2017 with a team operating locally to address the leading causes of preventable disease and death. Since the beginning of the operation in the country, we have already implemented dozens of projects related to topics such as: tobacco control, data for health, road safety, food policies, mental health, gender-based violence prevention, urban health and healthy cities, environmental health, civil registration and vital statistics and, most recently, response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Data-Driven Decision-Making
- Policymaking for Health
- Strategic Communication & Advocacy
- Program Implementation
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Vital Strategies partnered with more than 50 countries to strengthen capacity to respond to the pandemic and to promote learning across national and municipal borders. Vital Strategies’ Brazil office developed a national partnership with the National Front of Mayors and with the Consortia of City and of State Health Departments to support multiple cities in their pandemic response. We helped these partners develop tools, including the first national excess mortality dashboard; a social media and COVID-19 dashboard that used Facebook to monitor self-reported behaviors and symptoms; and the first national risk communication campaign and communication hub.
We also provided technical support to two cities and two states in Brazil to develop data-driven alert-level plans; a third city was helped with vaccination surveillance. To shed light on the magnitude of racial inequities in Brazil, our team developed the Race and Public Health platform, which captures data on excess mortality among white and Black Brazilians, highlighting disparate COVID-19 health outcomes.
– Vital Strategies was mentioned in more than 1,000 press stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic that highlighted our studies or quoted our experts.
Data for Health
We work with governments to improve public health by building new tools for data analysis, use and communication. We worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and with the cities of Salvador, Natal, and Belo Horizonte to improve the quality of data on causes of death across states and municipalities. We supported the validation of a ten-item questionnaire used during the pandemic to detect deaths that may have been due to COVID-19, with results showing verbal autopsy to be a reliable method for rapidly tracking mortality. In Belo Horizonte, we supported an assessment of the effects of COVID-19 in underserved areas to guide vaccination efforts and cardiovascular care. Lastly, we supported the city of Goiânia in linking health and non-health data sources to predict gender-based violence and inform public policies.
Poor air quality is responsible for more than 60,000 deaths in Brazil each year. Starting in 2021, Vital Strategies Brazil partnered with the city of Belo Horizonte to increase public awareness and political engagement in actions to improve air quality and mitigate the effects of climate change. Since the transport sector serves as a leading source of air pollution, the project focuses on the public health benefits of sustainable mobility policies.
In Brazil, where one in every three children is obese or overweight due to a shift from traditional diets to diets high in ultra-processed food, we work with local partners to help them deliver strategic communication campaigns to achieve healthy food policy goals. Our work supports: increased taxes on sugary drinks; clear front-of-package food labeling; and the defense of the Brazilian Dietary Guidelines, which emphasize the importance of natural and minimally processed foods as the basis of a healthy diet. For example, we collaborated with a consortium of organizations to inform the public about the health risks of foods high in salt, fat and sugar which built support for a food labeling model – a front-of-package warning label standard effective in 2022. More than 100 million people have viewed the mass media campaigns for healthier food policies developed with technical assistance and resources provided by Vital Strategies.
We supported the city of Fortaleza to develop a “Mental Health Map,” which analyzes mental health indicators among the city’s population, with a focus on children and teenagers. The map informs the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public health policies using an intersectoral approach that draws together the health, education and social assistance sectors, among others.
Partnership for Healthy Cities
We support Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo as part of a prestigious network of 70 cities around the world that are committed to fighting noncommunicable diseases and injuries; projects in these three cities range from making streets safer for walking or cycling to enforcing tobacco advertising bans.
Through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety, we work in the cities of Campinas, São Paulo, Salvador and Recife to reduce fatalities and injuries on the roads and to promote active and safe mobility. Vital Strategies coordinates multiple local and global partners in alignment with city governments and supports progress in infrastructure, surveillance, enforcement, and strategic communication to address risky behaviors on the roads.
- Fortaleza achieved a 47% reduction in road fatalities between 2014 and 2019, following our work with the government.
- We helped develop a city road safety plan for São Paulo that will guide the city’s actions through 2028.
In partnership with civil society organizations, we support anti-tobacco laws and the strengthening of tobacco control policies in Brazil through media activities. With local partners, we supported a policy to ensure that Brazilian regulators have the power to ban the use of additives and flavors in tobacco products—a tactic used to attract youth. As a result of our work, millions of people will be prevented from initiating tobacco use and are encouraged to quit smoking and to support government policies against tobacco.
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