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.

September 12, 2017

Vital Strategies launches Resolve to Save Lives, a new $225 million global health initiative

Resolve to Save Lives is a new $225 million global health initiative, housed at Vital Strategies, that aims to save 100 million lives from cardiovascular disease and epidemics. 

September 11, 2017

A year of growth, breakthroughs, and lives saved: Our 2016 annual report

Our inaugural annual report captures not just the scope and intent of our work, but the stories of individuals whose lives we touch everyday through our programs.

First ever campaign in Myanmar to warn about deadly betel chewing

The message calls on Myanmar’s citizens to stop chewing betel quid. The campaign will run nationwide on national radio and television for six weeks.

August 29, 2017

Working towards a smoke-free Mexico

At a recent event in Mexico City, Vital Strategies met with advocates, media outlets and local partners working towards a significant milestone in the nation’s health: a Smoke-Free Mexico initiative.

August 24, 2017

Not as Sweet as it Seems: The Real Costs of Sugarcane Farming

Sweet as it may seem, sugarcane has bitter roots.

August 22, 2017

Vital Strategies Focuses on Pedestrian Safety in Baltimore

The Vital Strategies team recently visited the Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute in Virginia, where they learned that vehicle designs are being changed to reduce injuries not just of passengers but also those outside of the vehicle, such as pedestrians.

August 15, 2017

Road Safety Interventions to Save Lives

Conventional wisdom around road safety tends to excuse these problems as mere chance, or careless driving, while accepting the subsequent loss as inevitable. But Vital Strategies is working to change global perspectives on road safety by helping to implement a new global approach: Safe Systems.

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.

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