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.

October 22, 2015

Health communicators from across Vietnam learn latest tobacco control strategic communications skill

Vital Strategies’ latest round of communications training in Vietnam saw more than 140 health communicators from 63 provinces come together to learn the latest in tobacco control strategic communications.

October 15, 2015

Foreign Aid: How it could be leveraged against big tobacco in lower-income countries

Not all that long ago, the though of a tobacco-free generation was a mere pipe dream.

October 1, 2015

World leaders ratify the new Global Goals at the UN

After months of negotiations, world leaders have officially signed off on the new Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations. These 17 ambitious goals with 169 targets cover everything from improving health and wellbeing, eliminating poverty and hunger, gender equality, climate action, clean energy and water, along with economic growth.

September 24, 2015

Public Health Experts Converge on Dubai for Communications Training

Public health experts from around the world met in Dubai, UAE in September to learn the latest in media and communications strategies.

August 27, 2015

Giving Faces to the Voiceless

The Vital Strategies team in Indonesia teamed up with Smoke Free Agents (SFA) and the Jakarta State University (UNJ) to train a group of student photo enthusiasts to help boost our #SuaraTanpaRokok campaign currently running in Indonesia.

August 20, 2015

Thamini Uhai Goes Social to Encourage Family Planning in Tanzania

Health workers involved in Thamini Uhai (Value Life) maternal health initiative learn how to harness the power of social media.

August 13, 2015

Anti-tobacco advocates in the Philippines learn latest in communications strategies

Guest blogger Patty Miranda, from Health Justice Philippines, recently joined a three-day strategic communication workshop in Manila

July 30, 2015

In Poor Health – Opinion Piece in The Indian Express

Nandita Murukutla, our Country Director, India and Director (Global), Research and Evaluation, reflects on India’s need to address preventable disease as a developmental priority and looks at ways the country can invest in a healthier future.

July 16, 2015

My Glimpse into the United Nations

Intern Ellen Mullan-Jayes spent two weeks at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Here is a firsthand account of her experience.

July 7, 2015

The Evolution of a Smoke Free Beijing

Tobacco control in China has reached a watershed moment, with Beijing: it is now illegal to smoke in all indoor public places, workplaces and public transportation.

June 11, 2015

NCDs top the agenda at global health conference in Geneva

Civil society groups joined health representatives from 194 members states for the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland from 18-26 May

June 4, 2015

The Voiceless Speak Out Again – Vital Strategies Launches Mass Media Campaign in Indonesia

The campaign aims to increase awareness of the harms from exposure to second-hand smoke for active and passive smokers, through the story of Ike.

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