Public Health

BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES IS SAVING MILLIONS OF LIVES

DECREASING PREVENTABLE DEATHS THROUGH PROVEN STRATEGIES

Every year, millions of people around the world die from preventable causes. These causes of death, such as tobacco use, road traffic crashes, and limited access to emergency obstetric care, continue to jeopardize the health and well-being of much of the world’s population, despite proven solutions to prevent them.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health program aims to combat these widespread health hazards by spreading proven solutions to protect more people and save more lives. Our Tobacco Control, Road Safety, Maternal Health and Obesity Prevention programs use effective strategies on the local and national levels to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide.

In each of our public health initiatives, we form partnerships with the world’s leading organizations to scale up proven interventions, and rigorously analyze data to create significant results. Our Data for Health program works with countries to strengthen birth and death data, so policymakers can analyze and use those data to inform their decisions.

Drowning Prevention:

Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death worldwide, accounting for about 360,000 deaths per year. About 17 percent of these deaths – or 60,000 – occur in children 1 to 4-years-old. To address this, Bloomberg Philanthropies is investing in a pilot program to identify potential solutions to reduce drowning and supporting drowning prevention interventions in high-risk areas.

Drowning Prevention

Maternal and Reproductive Health: Reducing Maternal Deaths and Meeting the Need for Reproductive Health around the World

Almost 300,000 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth every year, and for every maternal death at least another 20 women suffer an injury or debilitating illness. Almost all maternal deaths can be prevented by ensuring that women have access to quality obstetric care and by preventing unintended pregnancies. Approximately 220 million women and girls in developing countries want to delay or avoid pregnancy, but are not using modern contraception. To help reduce maternal deaths and address the demand for reproductive health services, Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed $62 million since 2006 to programs in Africa, Asia, and South America.

Maternal and Reproductive Health

Road Safety: REDUCING ROAD TRAFFIC DEATHS AND INJURIES AROUND THE WORLD

More than 1.2 million people die and between 20-50 million people are seriously injured from road traffic crashes around the world every year. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are expected to become the 7th leading cause of death globally by 2030. To combat this trend, Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed more than $250 million over 12 years (2007-2019) to work in low- and middle income countries and large cities that have a high burden of road-related fatalities. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety, focuses on implementing key interventions proven to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries and advocating for stronger road safety legislation.

Road Safety

Obesity Prevention: SAVING AND LENGTHENING LIVES BY PROMOTING HEALTHY CHOICES

For the first time in world history, being overweight is linked to more deaths than being underweight. Obesity no longer only affects high-income countries, but is rapidly rising in low- and middle-income countries. Unless we intervene now, the number of deaths related to obesity will continue to rise, an avoidable tragedy that also places stress on national health care systems and economies. The Obesity Prevention Program is addressing the global epidemic by raising public awareness of the problem and supporting policies to prevent the rise of obesity in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, and the United States.

Obesity Prevention

Tobacco Control: PROTECTING BILLIONS OF PEOPLE FROM THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF TOBACCO

The tobacco epidemic is killing more than six million people every year, mostly in developing countries. If left unchecked, tobacco use will kill more than one billion people this century. The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use is working to implement proven tobacco control policies around the world. As a result, we are effectively curbing tobacco use and helping to protect against the harmful effects of tobacco.

Tobacco Control

Data for Health: REMOVING OBSTACLES TO SAVE MORE LIVES

Most countries do not have high-quality data on birth, deaths, and risk factors for non-communicable diseases. These gaps provide major obstacles towards understanding and addressing public health. The Data for Health initiative will change that. The 4-year, $100 million effort co-funded with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will work directly with 20 developing countries to strengthen birth and death records as well as improve mechanisms for collecting risk factor data. The initiative will also ensure that countries are equipped to analyze and use this data to inform policy decisions.

Data for Health

Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health:

The Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health brings together esteemed fiscal policy, development and health leaders from around the globe to address the enormous and growing health and economic burden of noncommunicable diseases with fiscal policy tools that are currently underutilized by governments and their leaders.

Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health

Resolve to Save Lives:

More than 18 million people die each year from cardiovascular disease, despite the availability of effective, inexpensive, and safe prevention and treatment. The Resolve to Save Lives Cardiovascular Health Initiative aims to reduce the number of people dying from heart disease and stroke in low- and middle-income countries.

Resolve to Save Lives