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.

April 30, 2018

Celebrating AirNow: To Ensure Clean Air for Health, Follow the Data

April 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of AirNow – a flagship program of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed to help communicate information on local air quality within the United States.

April 26, 2018

Thamini Uhai introduces latest evidence-based treatment for post-partum hemorrhage in Kigoma, Tanzania

The Thamini Uhai maternal health team in Tanzania has rapidly introduced a new treatment that has been shown to reduce deaths among women who experience severe blood loss after giving birth.

April 22, 2018

Combating Plastic and Air Pollution

Plastic’s contribution to air pollution, especially in the world’s poorer countries, is an insidious but important way in which plastic pollution harms people today, not to mention the impact on future generations.

April 7, 2018

Registration Gaps in Low and-Middle Income Countries Leave Billions Behind

We’re working with governments in 20 low- and middle-countries around the world to improve the collection and use of critical public health data.

April 6, 2018

Cities Get Moving on New Plans for Walkable, Bikeable Streets

On World Day of Physical Activity, Vital Strategies applauds the 12 cities in the Partnership for Healthy Cities network working to promote physical activity in the fight against NCDs by creating walkable and bikeable city streets.

April 3, 2018

Kyiv, Quezon City and León Announce NCD and Road Safety Initiatives Through the Partnership for Healthy Cities

With progress well underway among the 54 cities in the Partnership for Healthy Cities, three more stepped forward last month to unveil public health interventions aimed at saving lives by preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or injuries.

March 22, 2018

Improved but Unchecked: The Growing Need for Water Quality Surveillance

Access to safe drinking water remains one of the most basic yet essential health needs around the globe. In our CityHealth Perspective blog series, we look at how clean water saves lives.

March 21, 2018

Addressing Peatland Forest Fires for Public Health in Southeast Asia

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21 the International Day of Forests in 2012. Today, we celebrate our forests and raise awareness of the need to preserve and rehabilitate them.

March 14, 2018

Partnership for Healthy Cities: Melbourne Encourages Biking, Quito Improves School Food

Two more cities announced their Partnership for Healthy Cities initiatives, with Melbourne encouraging commuter biking and Quito providing healthier food in schools.

March 7, 2018

A new generation of lung health specialists are now a leading voice in Ethiopia

That the ETS meeting was able to attract high government officials from the public health and medical sectors as speakers, and was able to draw such a large and interested cross section of physicians and surgeons interested in the problems of lung disease in Ethiopia represents a signal achievement in the history of EATI, now entering its sixth year. 

February 28, 2018

Kuala Lumpur Goes Smoke-Free with the Partnership for Healthy Cities

It’s against the law for residents of Malaysia’s capital to smoke in restaurants, government buildings or shopping centers, but people sometimes light up anyway. So the city has joined the Partnership for Healthy Cities with a plan to get tougher about enforcing the law and build public support for a fully smoke-free Kuala Lumpur.

February 22, 2018

Where There Is Fire, There Is Smoke

Recent smoky wildfires are just part of a much larger, slow-burning global air pollution crisis.

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