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More than 60,000 Children Under the Age of Five Drown Every Year. Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $25 Million to Address the Problem

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that drowning claims the lives of more than 60,000 children under the age of five and more than 360,000 people globally. Today Michael R. Bloomberg, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced a $25 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global drowning prevention program at a convening of experts.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Data for Health Initiative is Closing Gaps in Health Data in 19 Countries

Michael R. Bloomberg hosted more than 100 public health practitioners in New York, including high-level government officials from Myanmar, India, Rwanda and Ghana to discuss progress on Data for Health. Launched in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade two years ago, Data for Health is a four-year $100 million initiative aimed at improving health data in 19 low- and middle-income countries spanning Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.

Michael R. Bloomberg Commits $360 Million to Reduce Tobacco Use – Raising Total Giving on Tobacco Control Efforts to Nearly $1 Billion

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a new commitment of $360 million to global anti-tobacco efforts. The grant supports evidence-based policies to curb tobacco use and works to increase awareness of the dangers of tobacco in low and middle-income countries. The new round of funding raises Bloomberg’s total giving on this public health initiative to nearly $1 billion and builds on ten years of support for the implementation of tobacco control laws and policies around the world through the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. To date the initiative has successfully supported 59 countries in passing laws or policies, reaching nearly 3.5 billion people and saving an estimated 30 million lives.

Bloomberg Philanthropies to Donate Additional $25 Million to End Polio

Michael R. Bloomberg announced a $25 million donation through Bloomberg Philanthropies to end polio globally. The donation, Bloomberg’s second contribution to polio eradication, will support the work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) – a partnership spearheaded by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary International, as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Johns Hopkins University and Michael R. Bloomberg Launch the Bloomberg American Health Initiative

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by businessman, philanthropist, World Health Organization Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, and three-term mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg, will give $300 million to create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the school, the gift sets the school and its partners on a path to transform our national approach to modern public health challenges.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Road Safety Meeting Concludes with a Renewed Sense of Urgency

During a three-day road safety partner meeting and training in Bangkok, Thailand, the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) convened nearly 125 participants including road safety experts, government officials, law enforcement professionals and others to address one of the world’s leading causes of preventable death. The event included training sessions for law enforcement, panels on strategic communication campaigns, presentations on data collection and monitoring, and sessions to show how countries have implemented successful strategies to reduce road crashes, improve mobility and design safer streets.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Hosting Global Road Safety Experts Meeting with Elite Global Network of Cities and Countries Dedicated to Improving Road Safety

Bloomberg Philanthropies will convene 125 road safety experts from 15 countries, including government officials, law enforcement, and others, to address one of the world’s leading causes of preventable death. Road crashes kill more than 1.25 million people a year worldwide and injure more than 50 million, with deaths disproportionately taking place in low- to middle-income countries.

Eighteen Countries Have Partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $100M Data for Health Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced partnerships with the first 18 countries that will receive critical technical assistance and catalytic funding for new tools and systems to help nations gather accurate data about the health of their citizens. Launched in partnership  with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade just over one year ago, Data for Health is a four-year, $100 million initiative aimed at improving health data in low- and middle-income countries spanning Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. The first 18 partner countries, reaching nearly one billion people, in the Data for Health program include.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches $100 Million Data for Health Program in Developing Countries

Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with the Australian government, is launching Data for Health, a $100 million initiative that will enable 20 low- and middle-income countries to vastly improve public health data collection.  Each year the World Health Organization estimates that 65% of all deaths worldwide – 35 million each year – go unrecorded. Millions more deaths lack a documented cause. This gap in data creates major obstacles for understanding and addressing public health problems. The Data for Health initiative seeks to provide governments, aid organizations, and public health leaders with tools and systems to better collect data – and use it to prioritize health challenges, develop policies, deploy resources, and measure success.

Bloomberg Philanthropies & The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Launch Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund

Michael R. Bloomberg & Bill Gates today announced the launch of the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund, a new joint effort to combat the tobacco industry’s use of international trade agreements to threaten and prevent countries from passing strong tobacco-control laws. Backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the new support for low and middle-income countries is the most recent element in a comprehensive strategy to reduce tobacco use globally. Tobacco will claim 1 billion lives in this century unless urgent action is taken.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Honors Organizations Leading the Fight for Tobacco Control

Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the winners of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control which celebrate the significant strides made by organizations implementing tobacco control policies in low and middle-income countries. He made the announcement at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Ten Cities and Five Countries to Participate in New Phase of the Global Road Safety Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winning cities and countries selected to participate in a new phase of the foundation’s Global Road Safety Initiative, which aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes. With a new commitment of $125 million over five years, the program will work at both the national level to strengthen road safety legislation and the city level implementing proven road safety interventions. Twenty invited cities participated in the competition with ten cities and five countries selected as official participants in the program.

Bloomberg Philanthropies to Present Global Tobacco Control Awards at World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that the third Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control will take place on Wednesday, March 18th during the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) in Abu Dhabi. The event will recognize six middle- and low-income countries for momentous strides in combatting the tobacco epidemic.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Program Inviting Select Cities and Countries to Compete for Funding and Support

Traffic fatalities are one of the world’s leading causes of preventable death and, unless urgent action is taken, will become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. To combat this trend, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a new phase of the foundation’s Global Road Safety initiative, which aims to reduce fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches $50 Million Reproductive Health Program

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the launch of a multi-faceted $50 million reproductive health program to prevent maternal deaths and help more women freely and safely make decisions about when to have children. At the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, Michael R. Bloomberg committed $50 million to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), a global collaboration of governments, non-profit organizations, donors and researchers, to ensure that women in the world’s poorest countries have access to family planning information, contraceptives, and services by 2020. Funding from this $50 million commitment will be allocated to the three core components of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ reproductive health program which includes new advocacy efforts, as well as an expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ existing program in Tanzania.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $10 Million to Save Children from Drowning

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a new $10 million commitment to prevent drowning deaths in children aged 1 to 4. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Drowning Prevention Project will initially focus on Bangladesh, where drowning is the leading cause of death among children. Every year in Bangladesh, 12,000 children drown, the equivalent of 32 deaths every day.

Bloomberg Philanthropies-Funded Report on Global Tobacco Epidemic Released By World Health Organization

The results of a Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded global tobacco control report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 2.3 billion people are covered by at least one effective tobacco control measure, an increase from the 1 billion covered in 2008. The report measures country-level adoption of the MPOWER policies that are proven to lower tobacco use including: Monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies; Protecting people from tobacco smoke with smoke-free air legislation; Offering help to quit tobacco use; Warning about the dangers of tobacco with pack labels and mass media, Enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and Raising taxes on tobacco.

Global Adult Tobacco Survey Funded By Bloomberg Philanthropies Shows 1.2 Million Fewer Smokers in Turkey

The Government of Turkey today announced the results of the 2012 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which shows significant declines in tobacco use among adults in the country. Turkey is a global leader in the implementation of MPOWER leading to 1.2 million fewer adult smokers in Turkey. The 2012 survey found 14.8 million Turkish adult tobacco users, a decline from 16 million in the 2008 survey.

Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use Awards 500 Grants Since 2007

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program has awarded 500 grants since 2007. The Bloomberg Initiative Grants Program was designed to provide direct funding to governments and non-government organizations located in low- and middle-income countries to support development and implementation of evidence-based tobacco control activities. Since inception, the program has distributed $100 million in grants to more than 70 countries. More than 5 billion people—almost 75 percent of the world’s population—live in a country that has received a grant.

New Report Indicates That Only One In Seven Countries Has Comprehensive Laws Addressing All Five Key Risk Factors For Road Traffic Death And Injury

Only 28 countries, covering 7% of the world’s population, have comprehensive road safety laws on all five key risk factors: drinking and driving, speeding, and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints.

Bloomberg Philanthropies to Donate $100 Million to Help Global Initiative to End Polio Forever

Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a $100 million donation to support polio eradication efforts through Bloomberg Philanthropies. The donation will help fund the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s (GPEI) six year plan to eradicate polio.

1.6 Billion People Now Covered Globally By New or Improved Road Safety Laws

A groundbreaking Global Road Safety Program in ten countries funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies produced results showing that 1.6 billion people are now covered by strengthened road safety laws, Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg announced today. The initiatives include increased seat-belt and helmet usage, reduced speed limits, drinking and driving enforcement, and improvements in road infrastructure and sustainable transport.

Innovative Maternal Health Program in Tanzania Expected to Impact At Least 50,000 Mothers and Children by 2016

An innovative maternal health program in Tanzania funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies is projected to impact at least 50,000 mothers and their children over the next three years, Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg announced today.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces New Collaboration on Groundbreaking Global Family Planning Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its commitment to a new global family planning partnership, and will contribute $50 million to a groundbreaking global initiative to extend family planning services to 120 million women in the poorest countries by 2020.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $220 Million To Fight Tobacco Use

Mike Bloomberg announced today that he will commit an additional $220 million to fight tobacco use around the world and stem this growing global public health crisis, bringing his total commitment to more than $600 million. The announcement was made at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Honors Heroes Leading the Fight Against Big Tobacco

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today the winners of the Bloomberg Awards for Global Tobacco Control. The awards ceremony took place today in Singapore at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, led by Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and Mayor of New York City.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Releases 5 Year Anti-Tobacco Progress Report

Marking five-years of significant progress on global anti-tobacco efforts, Bloomberg Philanthropies today – for the first time – has released a progress report related to the global Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use (the Initiative).

Over 1 Billion Newly Protected By Effective Tobacco Control Policies

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that the focused multi-national effort to implement effective tobacco control policies has made dramatic headway since 2008, with 1.1 billion people newly protected by at least one effective tobacco control policy since that time. According to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today, 55 percent of the world’s population is now covered by at least one of the WHO’s MPOWER suite of six effective anti-tobacco policies. Bloomberg Philanthropies has helped fuel this progress through its six-year $375-million initiative to promote these interventions in 15 low- and middle-income nations that are home to two-thirds of the world’s smokers.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Hails Progress on Global Road Safety

Dr. Kelly Henning today hailed the growing international focus on road safety as a major issue of public health concern. This week, the United Nations launches its Decade of Action for Road Safety, the most significant global pledge to improve road safety to-date. In addition, more than 100 countries around the world are expressing their commitment to the Decade of Action, launching new efforts to save more lives on the world’s roads.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Applauds Initiative to Promote Road Safety

Michael R. Bloomberg joined World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick in Washington, DC April 19th 2011 for the launch of the Multilateral Development Banks’ Road Safety Initiative. As part of the Initiative, the seven development banks (African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, World Bank) will leverage their investments to ensure safe transport and better health outcomes; outline a structure for client countries to seek support and guidance on best practices in road safety; develop a grant-making fund to build road safety management capacity in low- and middle-income countries; and call on public and private stakeholders to contribute resources to the goals of the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety.