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.

Drowning Prevention Program:

Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death worldwide, accounting for about 370,000 deaths per year. About 20% of these deaths – or 64,000 – occur in children 1 to 4-years-old. To address this leading killer, Bloomberg Philanthropies is investing in a pilot program in Bangladesh to identify potential solutions to reduce drowning-related deaths.

Drowning Prevention Program

Maternal and Reproductive Health: Reducing Maternal Deaths and Meeting the Need for Reproductive Health around the World

Almost 300,000 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth every year and for every maternal death at least another 20 women suffer an injury or illness-often debilitating in nature. Almost all maternal deaths can be prevented by ensuring that women have access to quality obstetric care and by preventing unintended pregnancies. Approximately 220 million women and girls in developing countries want to delay or avoid pregnancy, but are not using modern contraception. To help reduce maternal deaths and address the demand for reproductive health services, Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed $62 million since 2006 to programs in Africa and Central America.

Maternal and Reproductive Health

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

More than 1.2 million people die and between 20-50 million people are severely injured from road traffic crashes around the world every year. According to the World Health Organization road traffic injuries are expected to become the 7th leading cause of death globally by 2030. To combat this trend, Bloomberg Philanthropies committed $125 million over five years to work in 10 countries around the world that make up almost half of road-related fatalities. This five year effort, the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program, focused on implementing key interventions proven to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries.

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