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Investing in Health: Building Back to a Safer and More Equitable World

In Guadalajara, Mexico, the Mobility Department went door to door seeking community input on constructing a new bike lane. Bike use has increased in the city during COVID-19. The city has responded with investments in safer biking infrastructure.

As some countries are beginning to emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and others are experiencing their worst surges yet, one thing we have learned—the hard way—is that the health of people and the health of economies and societies are inextricably linked. Investing in health is the only way we will be able to build back to a safer and more equitable world.

Ending this pandemic, preventing the next: building together a healthier, safer and fairer world is the theme of this year’s World Health Assembly, the 74th annual meeting of the World Health Organizations decision-making body, attended by delegations from all WHO member states. And preventing the next pandemic can’t be our only goal: The world needs a bolder, more equitable approach to public health, and that means building stronger health systems.

As we look toward recovery, we must recognize that health is woven into all aspects of our policies and our societies. Whether the issue is air quality, transport, food, tobacco, drug use, or infectious disease, we have to think more holistically about the interconnections that form the building blocks of health, and work toward policies promote health and well-being for all.

—José Luis Castro, President and CEO Vital Strategies

What to Watch

On the sidelines of the World Health Assembly, Vital Strategies and NCD Alliance held a VitalTalks on proven policies that governments can adopt to tilt away from ill health and showcase examples of leadership on NCD prevention.

The Future of Global Health Security: Dr. Tom Frieden and the Prevent Epidemics team at Resolve to Save Lives discuss on lessons from past outbreaks, preparedness successes and the need to invest and prioritize funding to fight the next pandemic.

CEO Perspective

Devex opinion: We need a bolder, more equitable approach to public health

Investing in Road Safety: José Luis Castro on the Second Decade of Action for Road Safety

World No Tobacco Day

STOP: ‘Commit’ to Keeping the Industry Out of Tobacco Control Legislation

Engaging Women in Vietnam to Champion Smoke-Free Places: Q&A With Madame Tran Thi Huong

Building a Smoke-Free China: Q&A with Zhang Hongping

New tobacco control campaign from Vietnam: Quit Smoking to Protect Your Loved Ones

Vital Stories

Q&A: Ensuring Everyone Counts: New Framework Makes Registering All People Possible

Tackling Tuberculosis with Tried and Tested Mass Media Campaigns

Research and Resources

Epidemics That Didn’t Happen: First-of-Its-Kind Interactive Report from Resolve to Save Lives Highlights Global Epidemic Response Successes

CRVS Systems Improvement Framework

Ambient and household air pollution on early-life determinants of stunting—a systematic review and meta-analysis