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.

October 13, 2017

Encouraging news in the global fight against drug-resistant TB

Preliminary results from Stage 1 of STREAM show that the nine-month treatment regimen being tested achieved favourable outcomes in almost 80 percent of those treated.

October 10, 2017

Taking Bold Steps Towards a Walkable, Bikeable Guadalajara

The city hopes that by getting people used to driving less, the citizenry will become more physically active and breathe cleaner air too.

September 22, 2017

Building Momentum to Stop NCDs

We can work towards a world where every person is aware of what is at stake, and can take actions that will protect them from the harms of NCDs.

September 12, 2017

Vital Strategies launches Resolve, a new $225 million global health initiative

Resolve to Save Lives is a new $225 million global health initiative, housed at Vital Strategies, that aims to save 100 million lives from cardiovascular disease and epidemics. 

September 11, 2017

A year of growth, breakthroughs, and lives saved: Our 2016 annual report

Our inaugural annual report captures not just the scope and intent of our work, but the stories of individuals whose lives we touch everyday through our programs.

First ever campaign in Myanmar to warn about deadly betel chewing

The message calls on Myanmar’s citizens to stop chewing betel quid. The campaign will run nationwide on national radio and television for six weeks.

August 29, 2017

Working towards a smoke-free Mexico

At a recent event in Mexico City, Vital Strategies met with advocates, media outlets and local partners working towards a significant milestone in the nation’s health: a Smoke-Free Mexico initiative.

August 24, 2017

Not as Sweet as it Seems: The Real Costs of Sugarcane Farming

Sweet as it may seem, sugarcane has bitter roots.

August 22, 2017

Vital Strategies Focuses on Pedestrian Safety in Baltimore

The Vital Strategies team recently visited the Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute in Virginia, where they learned that vehicle designs are being changed to reduce injuries not just of passengers but also those outside of the vehicle, such as pedestrians.

August 15, 2017

Road Safety Interventions to Save Lives

Conventional wisdom around road safety tends to excuse these problems as mere chance, or careless driving, while accepting the subsequent loss as inevitable. But Vital Strategies is working to change global perspectives on road safety by helping to implement a new global approach: Safe Systems.

August 10, 2017

Public transit: unglamorous but essential for shaping healthy, equitable and sustainable cities

If cities are ever going to reach their full potential as healthy places to live and engines of opportunity, while easing the pressure of human activity on the planet, public transit needs to be elevated on the global health, environment and development agendas.

August 1, 2017

Helping Smoke-free Policies Take Root in Vietnam

In Vietnam, compliance in smoke-free areas still has its challenges. As difficult as changing policy is changing social norms.

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