By Ca Dao Duong, CollegePoint participant
I came to America in 2009 when I was 11-years-old. For me and my parents, college was always an eventuality — there was no other acceptable path. Unfortunately, three months after we arrived in California, my family had to move to Oklahoma to find jobs. I remember thinking to myself, “I didn’t come to America only to stop here.” I wanted to succeed — to make it big. I wanted to become successful in the business/political battlefield and one day come back to help my politically oppressed country (Vietnam). So from sixth grade to tenth grade, I believed the only way I could do this was to get accepted into a top-ranking college with an established reputation and the education quality necessary for my dream career. However, as senior year slowly but steadily approached and reality began to take its toll, it became clear that to study at an out of state college was a financial impossibility that I refused to let my parents shoulder. Swallowing back my disappointment, I agreed with my parents and planned to attend a local college, where two-thirds of my classmates would also go.
By David Williams, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is a small country in West Africa with roughly 6 million residents. According to the 2013 Demographic Health Survey, adolescents and youth constitute 55% of the total population, yet youth access to reproductive health services remains a challenge. The prevalence of child marriage is very high, and 48% of 20-24 year old females were married by age 18. Coupled with this is a high adolescent birth-rate; 4 out of 10 women give birth by their 18th birthday. 31% of women want to space or limit their births, but are not currently using a modern form of contraception (also known as “unmet need” for family planning). In fact, only 16% of married women between ages 15-49 use any form of modern contraception.
In the third episode of Follow the Data – a podcast about how our work is driving change and making an impact in the areas of education, the arts, the environment, public health and government innovation – we hear from partners of our Data for Health initiative to understand how they are working to improve health data around the world.
By Katie Appel Duda, Bloomberg Philanthropies Government Innovation team
How can City Halls go beyond business as usual? It can start with a conversation. Having frank discussions with cities facing similar challenges is one of the best ways local governments can share ideas and spread their most innovative practices.
By Ailun Yang, Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment Team
This week I had the pleasure of joining Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partners and sixteen U.S. Mayors and city representatives in Beijing, China at the second U.S.—China Climate Leaders Summit. Throughout the two-day Summit, Bloomberg Philanthropies and our partners highlighted the important role cities play in combating climate change through a series of new partnerships, research and initiatives.
By Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies
The world’s oceans are as beautiful as they are important. As a diver for more than 25 years, I have seen firsthand the devastating impact poor management has had on our oceans. The mysterious and beautiful world below the oceans’ surface plays a critical role in our global economy and food supply, but is under threat.
By Antha N. Williams, Bloomberg Philanthropies Environment Team
As representatives from Chinese and U.S. cities gather in Beijing to announce new ways of working together to combat climate change, “green finance” will be high on the agenda. With innovation and the right mechanisms, cities can attract new private capital for China’s green projects.
In the second episode of Follow the Data – a podcast about how our work is driving change and making an impact in the areas of education, the arts, the environment, public health and government innovation – we take a deeper dive into the work of Bloomberg Connects partner the Brooklyn Museum to see how they are transforming the visitor experience through technology.
Statement by Dr. Kelly Henning on UK Court Decision to Strike Down Tobacco Industry Challenge on Plain Packaging
“Today the UK High Court ruled in favor of public health by dismissing tobacco industry claims that challenged the 2015 UK law that required tobacco products be sold in plain packaging. Bloomberg Philanthropies supports this ruling and applauds the UK court for paving the way for implementation of UK plain packaging, tomorrow, May 20th. The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use focuses on evidence based tobacco policies and works to promote public awareness of tobacco’s harms. This ruling is an important step in the accelerating movement by countries to include plain packaging in their comprehensive tobacco control strategies and to raise awareness about the massive health harms of tobacco use.”
With the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2008 and the Fondation H&B Agerup in 2012, Vital Strategies – formerly known as the World Lung Foundation – set out to upgrade rural Tanzanian health centers to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care (CEmONC). At that time, CEmONC services were only available at hospitals, located hours away for most rural women experiencing potentially life-threatening obstetric complications. Vital Strategies trained non-physician clinicians (known globally as ‘associate clinicians’) in obstetric surgery and anesthesia, built operating theaters, set facilities up with equipment, supplies and medications and provided mentoring, supervision and continuing medical education to health providers.