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.

May 5, 2017

Creating Powerful Anti-Obesity Messages in Brazil

The global obesity epidemic is something we hear a lot about these days, and rightfully so. In the span of just a few decades, it has become one of the most urgent public health problems of our time.

April 6, 2017

On World Day for Physical Activity, Think of the Workplace

On World Day for Physical Activity, we take a look at initiatives that workplaces can implement to help their staff stay active and healthy.

April 4, 2017

Treat E-Cigarettes with Extreme Caution and Skepticism to Protect Health – Real Clear Health

Where do electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) fit in the fight against the tobacco epidemic? The public health community has itself been divided on this issue, but the evidence shows there is reason for extreme caution about embracing e-cigarettes.

March 28, 2017

“Verbal autopsies” could reveal how millions live and die – CBS News

This article “Verbal autopsies could reveal how millions live and die” regarding the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative was published by CBS News.

March 23, 2017

United Nations Highlights Fortaleza Efforts on Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility

Fortaleza, Brazil is improving road safety and reducing pollution with better road design, a network of cycle lanes, bus lanes and a shared bike system.

March 16, 2017

How India’s Film and TV Industry can help fight big tobacco

The size and popularity of the film and television industry has the power to influence the behavior and attitudes of millions of people in India and around the world.

March 14, 2017

After years of advocacy, a smoke-free Philippines is now within reach

The Vital Strategies team was all hands on deck in the Philippines, with President Rodrigo Duterte poised to sign an Executive Order mandating 100% smokefree areas across the country.

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).

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