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.

August 10, 2017

Public transit: unglamorous but essential for shaping healthy, equitable and sustainable cities

If cities are ever going to reach their full potential as healthy places to live and engines of opportunity, while easing the pressure of human activity on the planet, public transit needs to be elevated on the global health, environment and development agendas.

August 1, 2017

Helping Smoke-free Policies Take Root in Vietnam

In Vietnam, compliance in smoke-free areas still has its challenges. As difficult as changing policy is changing social norms.

July 19, 2017

Graphic warnings on tobacco save lives, and now cover almost half the world’s population

Among the many findings of the Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) this week, was the rapid increase in the use of graphic health warning labels on cigarette packages worldwide.

July 17, 2017

Building a Community of Lung Health Specialists in Ethiopia

Vital Strategies’ East Africa Training Initiative (EATI) has made great strides in recent months in its goal to provide medical training to Ethiopian doctors in the area of lung health.  EATI gives state-of-the-art chest medicine training to Ethiopian fellows by recruiting faculty from leading medical schools in Europe and America to teach them in Addis Ababa.

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.

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