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.

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.

November 15, 2017

Ulaanbaatar Buckles Up, and Cali and Medellín Take on Obesity at School

The capital of Mongolia and two of Colombia’s biggest cities announced their Partnership for Healthy Cities initiatives last week, publicizing their commitments to improving the health of their cities over the  coming months under the Bloomberg Philanthropies project, which Vital Strategies is helping to implement.

November 14, 2017

Fighting Obesity to Reduce the Prevalence of Diabetes

On World Diabetes Day, we join the International Diabetes Federation and other partners to raise awareness and accelerate progress on the diabetes epidemic and the spread of obesity around the world.

October 31, 2017

On World Cities Day, Vital Strategies Touts Big Thinking on a Small Scale

With the majority of the world’s population now living in cities, urban centers are uniquely positioned to make vital health care improvements at scale, through data collection, infrastructure changes, mass media to influence policy and behavior change and more.

Climate change will mean more vector-borne disease in cities: How public health can respond.

In a rapidly urbanizing world, the built environment of cities and social factors can greatly affect vector habitat and the risk of vector-borne disease transmission.

October 27, 2017

In Indonesia, Advocates Fight Back Against Big Tobacco’s Lies

Vital Strategies has held a four-day anti-tobacco industry social media advocacy workshop in Indonesia, with advocates learning how to create effective campaigns to counter the industry’s practices.

October 24, 2017

Colombia’s Three Biggest Cities Share Obesity Prevention Strategies

Medellin, Cali and Bogota sent food policy experts to a Partnership for Healthy Cities workshop last week to pick up tips from Vital Strategies and from each other about dealing with soaring obesity problems—especially among children.

October 23, 2017

Updated: Vital Strategies, NCD Alliance, other civil society partners express concern about Mugabe WHO Goodwill Ambassador role; WHO retracts appointment

Vital Strategies joined our partners in health and human rights in denouncing the appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador through a joint statement. Shortly afterwards, the appointment was revoked.

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