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.

March 16, 2016

Op-Ed: Large graphic warnings will benefit every Indian

Dr. Nandita Murukutla writes an Op-Ed in Mid-Day about how large graphic health warnings on tobacco products are urgently needed to ensure India reaches its full economic potential.

March 15, 2016

Locally trained specialists bring new hope for lung disease patients in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, a silent epidemic has been taking lives for centuries. This country of over 90 million people bears an enormous burden from tuberculosis and lung disease on the African continent.

March 3, 2016

Using data for health care in the Solomon Islands

Our Data for Health program is helping the Solomon Islands implement a new vital registration system to better track the causes of deaths in the country.

March 1, 2016

Declaration for equitable access to immunizations in Africa

African leaders met in Ethiopia from 24 -25 February for a Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Their focus: expanding access to vaccines.

February 23, 2016

Civil Society Offers Assistance at WHO NCD Meeting

World Health Organization gathers Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) directors for a global meeting to support efforts to implement commitments on NCDs.

February 10, 2016

Alleviating the burden of maternal deaths in Tanzania

Worldwide, 300,000 women die every year due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth. Vital Strategies has helped reduce maternal deaths by in Tanzania.

January 15, 2016

In China, “Giving Cigarettes is Giving Harm” launches

With Chinese New Year coming up, our campaign in China warns against giving cigarettes as gifts to family and colleagues.

January 7, 2016

Data For Health in Indonesia: Translating Data to Action

Cecilia Fabrizio, Senior Technical Advisor for the Vital Strategies Data for Health Initiative, Data Impact Program, recently travelled to Indonesia to plan for the launch of the program in Jakarta. Here, she blogs about the trip.

December 8, 2015

“Breathe Easy” Op-ed in The Indian Express

Nandita Murukutla, Vital Strategies Country Director, India and Director (Global), Research and Evaluation, looks at the growing body of research into how air pollution harms health.

November 19, 2015

Civil society organizations from across the world pledge to work together to combat NCDs

Many of the leading advocates on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) met for the Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah, UAE.

October 22, 2015

Health communicators from across Vietnam learn latest tobacco control strategic communications skill

Vital Strategies’ latest round of communications training in Vietnam saw more than 140 health communicators from 63 provinces come together to learn the latest in tobacco control strategic communications.

October 15, 2015

Foreign Aid: How it could be leveraged against big tobacco in lower-income countries

Not all that long ago, the though of a tobacco-free generation was a mere pipe dream.

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