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.

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.

October 20, 2017

Montevideo Gets Serious about Salt

The city of Montevideo, Uruguay announced its initiative under the Partnership for Healthy Cities – a campaign to fight hypertension and cardiovascular disease by helping residents of the city cut back on salt.

October 17, 2017

Ahmedabad and Bengaluru Stand Ready to Fight NCDs

Two Indian cities announced initiatives under the Partnership for Healthy Cities in recent days: Ahmedabad and Bengaluru.

October 13, 2017

Encouraging news in the global fight against drug-resistant TB

Preliminary results from Stage 1 of STREAM show that the nine-month treatment regimen being tested achieved favourable outcomes in almost 80 percent of those treated.

October 10, 2017

Taking Bold Steps Towards a Walkable, Bikeable Guadalajara

The city hopes that by getting people used to driving less, the citizenry will become more physically active and breathe cleaner air too.

September 22, 2017

Building Momentum to Stop NCDs

We can work towards a world where every person is aware of what is at stake, and can take actions that will protect them from the harms of NCDs.

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