Data for Health

The World Health Organization estimates that 65% of all deaths worldwide – 35 million each year – go unrecorded. And millions of deaths lack a documented cause. Many records do not provide medically accurate or specific information. Without this information, government officials, public health leaders and funders cannot make informed decisions on priorities including how and where to direct public health resources.

The Data for Health initiative seeks to address this very issue and will work to improve public health data so that governments, aid organizations, and public health leaders are equipped with the tools and systems to collect and use data to prioritize health challenges, develop policies, deploy resources, and measure success.

Working with partners including the CDC Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, Union North America and the University of Melbourne – over the next four years, Data for Health aims to help more than one billion people in 20 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America live healthier, longer lives.

The Data for Health initiative will leverage Bloomberg Philanthropies’ data-driven ethos, network of experts and the Australian Government’s InnovationXChange program. The InnovationXChange brings leaders from NGOs and governments together.

With better data, public health leaders will be able to identify risk behaviors such as smoking or poor nutrition. With this information, related illnesses caused by day-to-day behaviors such as smoking and poor nutrition can be targeted, addressed and prevented with better understanding.

With this information and training in data analysis participating countries and cities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa will be able to turn insights from data into public policy, and direct resources to specific targeted issues affecting public health.


  1. Visit the World Bank website to find out about global efforts to support better health data

  2. Learn More about the need for public health data in low- and middle-income countries

    Click here for an infographic op-ed in Atlantic Magazine.  
  3. Mike Bloomberg Backs health-data push

    Read more in The Wall Street Journal

    Read an op-ed from Mike Bloomberg and Julie Bishop in The Lancet