By Jennifer Ellis, Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Health Team
As Mike Bloomberg often says, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” That’s why I am excited to make public the results of a new study that shows more than 7 million lives have been saved around the world as a result of tobacco control policy progress—and many more lives stand to be saved if we continue to pursue proven tobacco control policies.
The study was conducted by experts at Georgetown University, along with Bloomberg Philanthropies, and is the first to estimate the lives saved as a result of tobacco control policy progress.
The adoption and implementation of evidence-based policies to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries is the primary goal of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. With this study, we now have concrete evidence of the success of the MPOWER tobacco control measures as well as the headway the global tobacco control movement made in just three years (2007-2010).
By Anita Contini, Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Team
Visiting a museum and seeing incredible art in person can be a transformative experience. But museum-goers have traditionally faced two barriers to making the most of their museum visits: the challenges of navigating collections and accessing information about its works. Many museums have made significant efforts to address these challenges, including offering curator-led tours and traditional audio guides along with interactive kiosks that facilitate self-guided walkthroughs.
By Ishrat Chowdhury, Technical Advisor, The Union South-East Asia Office, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
After years of effort on the part of NGOs and Bangladesh’s anti-tobacco community, the country’s national parliament recently passed new tobacco control legislation that will help curb tobacco use by addressing several loopholes contained in previous regulations that did not go far enough to protect citizens from the harms of tobacco.
By Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville
Tennessee has long been known as the “volunteer state,” a moniker that Nashville residents are proud of.
The city of Nashville experienced a historic flood in 2010 – the fourth-largest non-hurricane disaster in U.S. history. More than 10,000 private properties were affected, and the city suffered over $2.1 billion in damages. To meet this unprecedented challenge, we leveraged all resources available to us – including the willingness of our fellow citizens to lend their time and talents to rebuild and revitalize our community. The flood may have brought challenges, but it also brought opportunities. It brought our city together.
Nashville’s ability to respond and recover was aided, in large part, by a culture of service that we had adopted through our involvement in Cities of Service and our city’s own Impact Nashville.
By Kelly Henning, Public Health Team
Today is World No Tobacco Day, a day that highlights the importance of reducing tobacco use across the globe. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ representatives spent the run up to this important landmark in Vietnam, which recently brought into force a new tobacco control law.
By James Anderson, Government Innovation Team
In pulling together this week’s Mayors Innovation Summit, Philadelphia Mayor and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Michael Nutter is responding to exploding interest from city leaders to create a radically new kind of local government: one that’s consistently good at embracing new ideas.
By Dr Etienne Krug, Director, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability World Health Organization
We are all pedestrians: on any given day we begin and end most trips on foot. Those trips should be safe. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. As shown in the recently released WHO Global status report on road safety 2013, more than 270,000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads each year, comprising 22% of all the annual 1.24 million road traffic deaths.
By Anita Contini, Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Team
We have a full house today at Bloomberg Philanthropies, as we welcome our arts organization grantees for #springsocial—a full day of presentations and discussions that will provide grantees deep insight into the world of social media.
By Kelly Henning, Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Health Team
Vietnam is home to more than 15 million adult smokers—a staggering one-sixth of the country’s total population. But yesterday, a new law went into effect that will reduce that number, saving lives and reducing Vietnam’s healthcare burden through proven tobacco use reduction strategies.
Bloomberg Philanthropies has a new home on the web—and we couldn’t be more excited to share, for the first time in a comprehensive way, our unique approach to philanthropy and the stories of change we’re facilitating around the world.
Launched today, Bloomberg.org features information on our programs and partners across our focus areas. You’ll find everything from case studies that detail progress saving mothers’ lives in Tanzania, to ways you can get involved in the fight against dirty coal. If you’re learning about Bloomberg Philanthropies for the first time, check out the About Us section, which includes information on our founder, Mike Bloomberg, our mission, our approach to philanthropy, and our incredible partners.