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The Telegraph: Sink or swim: how Bangladesh is turning the tide against child drowning

April 29, 2019

Now a new partnership between the Bangladeshi Centre of Injury Prevention and Research (CIPRB) and Bloomberg Philanthropies aims to tackle this by opening over 500 day care centres – known as anchals – and rolling out swimming lessons for children across villages.

The initiative – introduced in seven districts covering a population of several hundred thousand – has reduced the number of children drowning by 80 per cent.

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Health Affairs: How Evidence Has Fueled Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Work In Tobacco Control

March 27, 2019

By Dr. Kelly Henning and Dr. Jennifer Ellis

When he became mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg picked tobacco control as one of the key issues on which he could have the biggest impact on public health. Immediately after taking office in 2002, the new mayor implemented science-based approaches to reducing tobacco use that were not yet commonly in place in the United States but had the potential to dramatically lower smoking rates among city residents. That strategy paid off. Reductions in tobacco prevalence in New York City were immediate and evident. In twelve years, adult smoking rates dropped from 21.5 percent in 2002 to 13.9 percent in 2014.

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Fast Company: These 5 public art projects just won $1 million each to spark discussion about social issues

February 20, 2019

Each proposal is designed to both address related civic issues and bolster the local economy. That’s an idea that’s proven out: Bloomberg’s last Public Art Challenge ran in 2014 and eventually led to an estimated $13 million in economic growth across the four areas where projects were installed. So Bloomberg re-upped the idea in February 2018 with this competition that drew more than 200 entries from cities with at least 30,000 or more people.

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The Wall Street Journal: Top Colleges Are Enrolling More Students From Low-Income Homes

December 17, 2018

A major push to increase enrollment of lower-income students at the nation’s top colleges and universities is showing some early signs of success. Since a public effort called the American Talent Initiative was launched two years ago, 96 schools have increased enrollment of low-income students by 7,291 students, a 3.5% gain, according to a report being released by the group Monday. While the number may be small, it bucks a nationwide trend of declining enrollment by such students in recent years.

The American Talent Initiative, backed by $4.7 million to date from Bloomberg Philanthropies, has grown from 30 schools to 108, with the goal of increasing by 50,000 the number of low- and middle-income students who enroll in and graduate from good colleges by 2025. Roughly 300 schools, all with six-year graduation rates of at least 70%, are eligible to sign on.

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The Telegraph: Death on the road: Traffic accidents kill more than malaria, HIV and TB

December 7, 2018

Road traffic accidents have become the eighth leading cause of death worldwide killing 1.35 million people a year, a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed. The “unacceptably high” death toll is higher than that from malaria, HIV or tuberculosis and is climbing – global road traffic deaths stood at 1.15 million in 2000. Children and young adults are most at risk, with more than 440,000 aged between five and 29 killed on the roads in 2016.

“Road safety is an issue that does not receive anywhere near the attention it deserves,” said Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies and the WHO’s global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases and injuries.

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The Washington Post: Bloomberg Philanthropies will donate $50 million to battle opioid epidemic

November 30, 2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies will donate $50 million to states fighting the opioid epidemic, an effort to support current programs and encourage new approaches. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the three-year program Friday morning during the second day of a health conference in Washington hosted by another of his ventures, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.

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Fast Company: These nine cities are dreaming up local solutions to global issues

November 21, 2018

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge worked with city leaders to launch innovative projects to address complex issues like homelessness and energy independence.

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South Florida Sun Sentinel: Parkland, Coral Springs win $1 million grant for art projects on gun violence, healing

November 20, 2018

The award comes from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the nonprofit started by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who also founded the gun-control organization Everytown for Gun Safety. The first of the public artworks could be unveiled as soon as Feb. 14, the first anniversary of the massacre that claimed 17 lives, says Julia Andrews, director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art.

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The Washington Post: Bloomberg gives Johns Hopkins a record $1.8 billion for student financial aid

November 18, 2018

Former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Sunday he is giving a record $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University to support student financial aid at his alma mater and make its admissions process “forever need-blind.” The gift, believed to be the largest private donation in modern times to higher education, is a landmark in a growing national movement to make elite universities more accessible to students from low- to middle-income families.

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Fast Company: The $185 million quest to make people love the ocean enough to protect it

November 13, 2018

Our oceans are under threat–now Bloomberg Philanthropies and OceanX are trying to make it clear how much will be lost if we don’t fix the problem.

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