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.

March 8, 2017

Taking Bold Steps in Maternal Health in Tanzania

A young woman arrives at Buhingu Health Center in Western Tanzania after three days of labor at home.

February 13, 2017

Anti-tobacco advocates in Indonesia show their true colors

In 2015, houses along the Kali Code River in Yogyakarta were used as a promotion tool by one of the biggest Tobacco companies in Indonesia. Now, local residents have taken back the area, painting giant anti-tobacco murals onto the houses.

January 27, 2017

Bangladesh tea stalls go tit-for-tat with big tobacco

Tea stalls in Bangladesh are popular places to stop for people when they’re heading to work and home, or stopping for a refreshment. With the support of Vital Strategies, 16 member organizations of the Bangladesh anti-tobacco alliance (BATA) have installed signboards carrying graphic health warnings about tobacco.

December 20, 2016

Vital Strategies – Year in Review

It has been a monumental year for Vital Strategies – from the launch of our new identity in January to the expansion of our health programs to include road safety and anti-obesity campaigns as well as a the start up of a new Environmental Health division. Here, we take a look at our top story from each month through 2016.

November 29, 2016

It Takes an “Electronic Village”—Improving CRVS in Malawi

Technology underpins many recent population health achievements. However, in many rural parts of the developing world, implementing technology-driven solutions to health problems can be a challenge. Leveraging technology, whenever possible, is a goal of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative (D4H), particularly in terms of strengthening civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS).

November 11, 2016

Marking the launch of Thamini Uhai

Speech by Dr. Nguke Mwakatundu, Executive Director, Thamini Uhai marking the launch of the new brand.

September 29, 2016

Our week at the United Nations General Assembly looked at future health gains under the SDGs

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly held its annual meeting in New York, the first since passage of the sustainable development goals last year.

September 1, 2016

Everyone Counts – Registering Births and Deaths in Bangladesh

A rural sub-district in Bangladesh, Kaligonj, has committed to registering every birth and death.

August 31, 2016

Smoking is not glamorous, it’s a killer

This Op-Ed by Nandita Murukutla, Vital Strategies Vice President, Global Policy and Research and Country Director, India appeared in The Hindustan Times.

August 23, 2016

Johns Hopkins University hosts global tobacco control leadership program

The Institute for Global Tobacco Control (IGTC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) recently held the 11th Annual Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program in Baltimore.

August 11, 2016

Global TB experts discuss shorter treatment regimen for MDR-TB patients

Vital Strategies recently facilitated the STREAM tuberculosis treatment Investigators Meeting in New York.

August 3, 2016

Vital Strategies Presents Study Findings at Road Safety Conference in Australia

The Conference represents a global forum at which road safety experts are meeting to discuss the latest findings in international programs and policy.

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