VITAL STORIES

Vital Stories is a blog that covers topics of interest from our work. It includes commentary from our leadership, program staff, and external partners.

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The World Health Organization made a big mistake on TB. It must fix it.

This Letter to the Editor by José Luis Castro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Strategies, was published by Stat News.

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Taking Bold Steps in Maternal Health in Tanzania

A young woman arrives at Buhingu Health Center in Western Tanzania after three days of labor at home.

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Anti-tobacco advocates in Indonesia show their true colors

In 2015, houses along the Kali Code River in Yogyakarta were used as a promotion tool by one of the biggest Tobacco companies in Indonesia. Now, local residents have taken back the area, painting giant anti-tobacco murals onto the houses.

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The Gag Rule, Expanded - New York Times Letter to the Editor

This Letter to the Editor by José Luis Castro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Strategies, was published by the New York Times.

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In Indonesia, A New Campaign Asks What Damage Your Next Cigarette Will Do?

When someone reaches for a cigarette, it is likely that all they are thinking about is taking a quick break from their day. It is unlikely that they are thinking about lung cancer, Buerger’s disease, stroke or throat cancer.

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Bangladesh tea stalls go tit-for-tat with big tobacco

Signboards graphic health warnings have been installed in Dhaka as pilot project in a tit-for-tat against big tobacco, which usually display their branding and logos on tea stalls. It’s the first time tea stalls are waving the flags for anti-tobacco activists.

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