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.

June 22, 2017

Asia Times Op-Ed: Global data initiative: making the invisible visible

An estimated two billion people, or roughly 40% of the world’s population, are invisible: no formal proof of their existence, such as a birth certificate, is maintained in the country where they live and they will likely die without an official record as well.

June 19, 2017

STREAM enrolls 100th patient in clinical trial testing shortened MDR-TB regimens

Kwanele is the 100th patient to enroll in Stage 2 of the STREAM clinical trial – the first large-scale, multi-country clinical trial to evaluate shorter treatment regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

June 15, 2017

Global Road Safety Partners Meet in Mumbai

According to the World Health Organization, roughly 1.3 million road-related deaths occur each year. That statistic, and the belief that each of those 1.3 million lives could be saved, brought together 154 people from 17 different countries from June 7-9 at the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) partners conference in Mumbai, India.

May 30, 2017

How Big Tobacco is Holding Back the Global Economy and Trapping Families in Poverty

When considering the impact that tobacco has on society, the first thing that comes to mind is the health impacts: cancer, emphysema, heart attacks, strokes and other tobacco-related illnesses. But it’s important to pull back and see what effect this burden of disease and premature death, and the tobacco industry as a whole, has on society.

May 26, 2017

New Leader of the World Health Organization Must Bring Deep Reform

Global health leaders are gathering in Geneva this week for the 70th World Health Assembly to elect a new World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General. Writing in Real Clear Health, Vital Strategies President and CEO José Luis Castro calls on the next Director-General to lead a deep reform agenda.

May 19, 2017

Lessons from the World Social Marketing Conference

Members of our team travelled to D.C. for the World Social Marketing Conference, where public health issues took center stage.

May 9, 2017

Sustainability and Indonesia’s Tobacco Epidemic

It troubles me that tobacco can easily come to mind when people think about Indonesia, whether because of images of the smoking baby, or the way the film “Blackhat”(2015, Michael Mann) displays Jakarta with streets full of smokers rather than famous landmarks. The problem of tobacco use is real, and the data are shocking.

May 8, 2017

How speed interventions are helping improve road safety

Speeding is the focus for the fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week, with a goal of highlighting the dangers of speed and the impact of interventions that can help reduce speed and save lives.

May 5, 2017

Creating Powerful Anti-Obesity Messages in Brazil

The global obesity epidemic is something we hear a lot about these days, and rightfully so. In the span of just a few decades, it has become one of the most urgent public health problems of our time.

April 6, 2017

On World Day for Physical Activity, Think of the Workplace

On World Day for Physical Activity, we take a look at initiatives that workplaces can implement to help their staff stay active and healthy.

April 4, 2017

Treat E-Cigarettes with Extreme Caution and Skepticism to Protect Health – Real Clear Health

Where do electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) fit in the fight against the tobacco epidemic? The public health community has itself been divided on this issue, but the evidence shows there is reason for extreme caution about embracing e-cigarettes.

March 28, 2017

“Verbal autopsies” could reveal how millions live and die – CBS News

This article “Verbal autopsies could reveal how millions live and die” regarding the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative was published by CBS News.

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