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 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.

February 15, 2018

In Tanzania, the cause of 92% of deaths are unknown. The Solution: Better Data

Without a clear picture of the underlying causes-of-death, any attempt to tackle health challenges can often seem like searching in the dark.

February 14, 2018

Partners in Public Health, 13 Cities Share NCD Strategies and Early Wins

The Partnership for Healthy Cities is at an exciting mid-point, with many of the 54 cities in the two-year project already bringing their initiatives to life—guidelines for healthier food in schools, for instance, or projects to make cities more walkable and bikeable—all aimed at tackling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries.

February 12, 2018

“The River is Our Canvas”—Indonesia’s first anti-industry action in 2018

Across Indonesia, Vital Strategies and local activists are taking on an industry responsible for the deaths of more than 217,000 Indonesians every year. In villages, on walls and rooftops, and in mini-buses, the #TheyLieWeDie anti-industry social marketing campaign is drawing attention to tobacco industry lies.

February 2, 2018

In Cities Worldwide, A Reliable Partner Against Preventable Cancers

This year, on World Cancer Day, The Partnership for Health Cities joins the global health community in recognizing victims and survivors of cancer worldwide, while maintaining a commitment to our ongoing efforts to help make cities around the world more healthy, equitable places, free from preventable cancers.

Breathing Smoke in the City: Air Pollution and Lung Cancer

Ahead of World Cancer Day, we look at how outdoor air pollution is an increasingly important risk factor for lung cancer among former and never-smokers.

January 29, 2018

Clearing the Air of Second-hand smoke in Mexico

Mexico sin Humo has delivered clear messages and heart-wrenching stories about the health harms of second-hand smoke through social media and national news coverage.

January 23, 2018

Moving toward a sustainable tobacco control program in Pakistan

2017 was a year of progress for tobacco control in Pakistan. Legal and regulatory developments have led the country closer towards the establishment of Sustainable Funding Mechanisms for nationwide tobacco control communication programs.

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