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.

July 12, 2017

Investigation by The Guardian: Tobacco industry’s dirty war for the African market

This investigative story by The Guardian supported by Vital Strategies, exposes how big tobacco firms use threats and intimidation to suppress tobacco control in Africa.

July 11, 2017

Introducing Birth Companionship in Kigoma, Tanzania

Thamini Uhai, an affiliate of Vital Strategies in Tanzania, embarked on a new strategy for its maternal health program: introducing and promoting birth companionship for women delivering in health facilities in Kigoma, where the initiative has been working since 2008.

July 7, 2017

Vital Strategies applauds first inclusion of health and climate at Hamburg G20 meeting

Vital Strategies applauds the inclusion of global health and climate change in the agenda of the G20 Summit. The meeting, which commenced today in Hamburg, Germany, gathers together heads of state from G20 countries and others, and leaders from global institutions such as World Bank, the U.N. and World Health Organization.

June 22, 2017

Asia Times Op-Ed: Global data initiative: making the invisible visible

An estimated two billion people, or roughly 40% of the world’s population, are invisible: no formal proof of their existence, such as a birth certificate, is maintained in the country where they live and they will likely die without an official record as well.

June 19, 2017

STREAM enrolls 100th patient in clinical trial testing shortened MDR-TB regimens

Kwanele is the 100th patient to enroll in Stage 2 of the STREAM clinical trial – the first large-scale, multi-country clinical trial to evaluate shorter treatment regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

June 15, 2017

Global Road Safety Partners Meet in Mumbai

According to the World Health Organization, roughly 1.3 million road-related deaths occur each year. That statistic, and the belief that each of those 1.3 million lives could be saved, brought together 154 people from 17 different countries from June 7-9 at the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) partners conference in Mumbai, India.

June 12, 2017

Child Labour Can be Eliminated from the Tobacco Industry

Throughout the world, around 168 million children are involved in some sort of child labour. To help raise awareness and achieve its goal of eliminating child labour by 2025, Monday, June 12 is the International Labour Organization’s 16th annual World Day Against Child Labour.

June 8, 2017

How we create effective anti-tobacco TV campaigns

Communication is a key component of public health and of Vital Strategies’ work. Our organization works to advance the practice of communication and to build the ability of our partners – mostly governments in low- and middle-income countries –­ to implement strategic communication interventions that shape public support for better health policies and address health behaviors at the population level.

May 30, 2017

How Big Tobacco is Holding Back the Global Economy and Trapping Families in Poverty

When considering the impact that tobacco has on society, the first thing that comes to mind is the health impacts: cancer, emphysema, heart attacks, strokes and other tobacco-related illnesses. But it’s important to pull back and see what effect this burden of disease and premature death, and the tobacco industry as a whole, has on society.

May 26, 2017

New Leader of the World Health Organization Must Bring Deep Reform

Global health leaders are gathering in Geneva this week for the 70th World Health Assembly to elect a new World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General. Writing in Real Clear Health, Vital Strategies President and CEO José Luis Castro calls on the next Director-General to lead a deep reform agenda.

May 19, 2017

Lessons from the World Social Marketing Conference

Members of our team travelled to D.C. for the World Social Marketing Conference, where public health issues took center stage.

May 9, 2017

Sustainability and Indonesia’s Tobacco Epidemic

It troubles me that tobacco can easily come to mind when people think about Indonesia, whether because of images of the smoking baby, or the way the film “Blackhat”(2015, Michael Mann) displays Jakarta with streets full of smokers rather than famous landmarks. The problem of tobacco use is real, and the data are shocking.

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