Public Health

BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES IS SAVING MILLIONS OF LIVES

DECREASING PREVENTABLE DEATHS THROUGH PROVEN STRATEGIES

Every year, millions of people around the world die from preventable causes. These causes of death, such as tobacco use, road traffic crashes, and limited access to emergency obstetric care, continue to jeopardize the health and well-being of much of the world’s population, despite proven solutions to prevent them.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health program aims to combat these widespread health hazards by spreading proven solutions to protect more people and save more lives. Our Tobacco Control, Road Safety, Maternal Health and Obesity Prevention programs use effective strategies on the local and national levels to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide.

In each of our public health initiatives, we form partnerships with existing organizations to scale up proven interventions, and rigorously analyze data to create significant results.

Maternal and Reproductive Health: SAVING MOTHERS’ LIVES IN TANZANIA

Thousands of women in Tanzania die of complications from pregnancy or childbirth because they do not have access to quality medical care. To prevent these needless deaths, the Bloomberg Maternal Health Program works in remote rural areas to give women access to the care they need by training non-physician clinicians to perform life-saving surgery and by building operating rooms in health care centers. This unique approach to improving maternal health in Tanzania can serve as a model for other countries to forge solutions and protect mothers across the globe.

Maternal and Reproductive Health

Road Safety: REDUCING ROAD TRAFFIC DEATHS AND INJURIES AROUND THE WORLD

More than one million people die and between 20-50 million people are severely injured from road traffic crashes around the world every year. Road traffic injuries are expected to be the 7th leading cause of death globally by 2030. To combat this trend, Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed $125 million over five years to work in the 10 countries around the world with the highest rates of road-related fatalities. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program focuses on implementing key interventions that have been proven to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries in order to protect millions of lives and keep the world’s roads safe.

Road Safety

Obesity Prevention: SAVING AND LENGTHENING LIVES BY PROMOTING HEALTHY CHOICES

For the first time in world history, being overweight is linked to more deaths than being underweight. Obesity no longer only affects high-income countries, but is rapidly rising in low- and middle-income countries. Unless we intervene now, the number of deaths related to obesity will continue to rise, an avoidable tragedy that also places stress on national health care systems and economies. The Obesity Prevention Program is addressing the global epidemic by raising public awareness of the problem and supporting policies to prevent the rise of obesity in Mexico, which currently has the highest rate of obesity among the world’s most populous countries.

Obesity Prevention

Tobacco Control: PROTECTING BILLIONS OF PEOPLE FROM THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF TOBACCO

The tobacco epidemic is killing more than six million people every year, mostly in developing countries. If left unchecked, tobacco use will kill more than one billion people this century. The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use is working to implement proven tobacco control policies around the world. As a result, we are effectively curbing tobacco use and helping to protect against the harmful effects of tobacco.

Tobacco Control