By Adrienne Pizatella, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Health team
The Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative partners with 19 countries to support the improvement of public health data. One of the biggest challenges is a lack of accurate data around deaths, with the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating that 65% of all deaths worldwide go unrecorded. Death registration is so important for countries because having accurate and up-to-date cause of death data allows governments, aid organizations, and public health leaders to set well-informed public health priorities for their country aiming to prevent more deaths and improve the health of the population.
For the last 10 years, Bloomberg Philanthropies has been a major supporter of tobacco control, protecting more than 3.5 billion people in low- and middle-income countries through strong policies. Knowing that we can and must do more, our founder Mike Bloomberg announced a new round of funding this year that raises our total giving to $1 billion dollars and expands our work for another 6 years.
But what does it take to protect everyone? And why did we take on this monumental task?
In part one of this two-part series, we go in depth on tobacco control and how Bloomberg Philanthropies is working with partners around the world to protect billions of people from the harmful effects of tobacco.
2016 was a year of pushing boundaries as we made announcements and reached new milestones around protecting public health, fighting climate change, revitalizing cities through art, increasing college access, supporting innovation in cities, and driving women’s economic development.
At the end of each year, we share a retrospective on our blog. In 2015, we shared key moments through Instagram photos we posted throughout the year. This year, we put together a playlist featuring tunes that nod to some of the highlights from this past year. And we welcome your suggestions. Tweet us your recommendations with the hashtag #BPTunes and listen along to our playlist on Spotify.
In this episode of Follow the Data, you will meet Abdoulaye Toure, the Country Director for Women for Women International who – as the organization’s second male country director in Congo – shares some personal stories of impact he’s seen in the role of women in Congo, and why he’s committed his life to demonstrating the value of women in a country where they have struggled to have a voice.
By Kelly Shultz, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Environment Team
Last week the Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment Team joined global C40 mayors, policy experts, city officials and business leaders in Mexico City for the sixth C40 Mayors Summit. Together we explored how to accelerate climate action in 90 of the world’s greatest and largest cities—from Austin to Rio de Janeiro to Oslo to Wuhan—and celebrated the boldest urban climate projects from 2016 at the C40 Awards Ceremony.
In our newest episode of Follow the Data, we meet CollegePoint e-advisor Kiki Murrain and her advisee Sabyne Pierre. Matched together through our CollegePoint initiative, Kiki has been advising Sabyne through the college application process using text messages, emails, social networks, and even Skype. To tell us more about how virtual advising works, and their CollegePoint experience, the pair sat down with Jenny Kane from our Education team to share their stories of getting Sabyne to the college of her dreams and to impart some advice for all high school students.
By Kelly Shultz, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Environment team
Now more than ever, cities are taking the lead when it comes to acting on climate change. Last May, Melissa Wright took to our blog to tell the story of the City Energy Project, a nationwide initiative co-funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Kresge Foundation, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to address the largest source of pollution and energy use in cities, namely buildings.
Built and operated by Women for Women International (WfWI) with the generous funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and others, the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center provides a safe environment and dedicated facilities where women can learn, build new skills, and operate businesses that directly contribute to Rwanda’s economic growth.
“This is a high-level profile event for the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center,” said Antoinette Uwimana, Country Director of Women for Women International, Rwanda. “It was an honor that she came to see what we are doing and perhaps to use our work as a model for what she could potentially do for the people of Benin.”
By Kathleen Carlson, Bloomberg Philanthropies Government Innovation program
Public service is – in my opinion – a job everyone should hold at least once in their lives. It offers the incredible opportunity to make real change where you live, impact the lives of millions of citizens, and turn the idea of “uninspired government bureaucrats” on its head.
Cities around the world are facing unique challenges as they confront the realities of climate change, yet their motivations for building low-carbon sustainable futures are the same. The way in which locals leaders take action on bold climate measures is an opportunity for cities to learn from one another. That’s why the U.S. Department of State and Bloomberg Philanthropies convened the second Our Cities, Our Climate exchange this year, hosting 17 urban sustainability directors from 16 countries to participate in collaborative sessions in three U.S. cities: San Francisco, California; Austin, Texas; and Washington, D.C.