Surveillance and epidemiology

Data is the basis for good public health policymaking and planning. We work to help governments build robust data systems and put data to use.

The term “public health surveillance” refers to systems of routine data collection that serve to describe the patterns of health and illness in populations.  Surveillance systems are geared toward providing actionable data that policymakers use to make decisions, set priorities, allocate resources, and evaluate the impact of interventions.

Our work in assisting governments in establishing and strengthening data systems includes participating in a global initiative to improve civil registration and vital statistics in 20 low- and middle-income countries.  The initiative works with governments not only to improve data collection but also the use of data to make and communicate policy decisions.  In addition, we are helping city governments develop more robust road safety surveillance systems.

Policy Advocacy

We use media advocacy and data resources like The Tobacco Atlas -  the most quoted source for global tobacco control data and policy – to drive adoption of best practice and policies.

Project Management

Initiatives managed by our legacy organizations have distributed more than $US 100 million to governments and civil society groups in more than 96 countries.

Strategic Communication

More than 2 billion people have been reached by one of our campaigns, using paid media like TV, social and mobile media, and community-level mobilization.

Workplace Development

Since 2010 our staff have trained more than 5100 people from 136 countries in critical public health areas.


STREAM TB clinical trial in several countries has potential to reduce treatment duration from 24 to 6 months. Vital Strategies will continue this promising work with Union offices and partners around the world.

Epidemiology and Surveillance

Our Data For Health Program is working to improve data collection and analysis in twenty countries