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.

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.

January 4, 2018

Accra, Bangkok Launch Efforts to Reduce Road Traffic Crashes During Holiday Season

Accra was one of two cities in the BIGRS initiative that recently launched campaigns to combat speeding and drink driving during the holiday season. Bangkok, Thailand, utilized a social experiment video to show the deadly dangers of speeding. Accra debuted its first campaign to combat drinking and driving during the festive season – both with the support of Vital Strategies.

December 20, 2017

Accra Announces Redesign of Deadly Highway Crossing, as Four More Partnership Cities Unveil Plans

The Accra was one of four cities to launch in December under the Partnership for Healthy Cities, a network of more than 50 cities taking preventive measures against the steep rise worldwide in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries.

December 13, 2017

In Indonesia, Advocates Click For Safety

To change people’s attitudes and behaviors around seat belt use, the city of Bandung, Indonesia, and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) launched the latest #KlikBiarSelamat (Click for Safety) campaign, focusing on the importance of seat belt use by all vehicle occupants. The campaigned marks Bandung’s second as part of BIGRS, after the first addressed proper helmet use in June 2016.

November 22, 2017

Partnership Cities Target Smoking, Promote Cycling and Commit to Healthy School Food

It was a busy week for the Partnership for Healthy Cities, with four participating cities—Kigali, São Paulo, Fortaleza and Bogotá—announcing the public health policies they’re pursuing under the project, with support from Vital Strategies, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organization (WHO).

November 21, 2017

Changing the conversation about alcohol  

Alcohol is a major determinate of ill health and a leading cause of disability worldwide. The human and economic burden of drinking and driving, or by the alcohol-related conditions like liver cancer, are staggering. More than 3.3 million are killed people globally each year from alcohol-related causes.

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