"Improving the availability and accuracy of global health data is one of the greatest opportunities we have to help people live longer, healthier lives. The more we know about causes of death and illness, the better we can target resources and measure progress.”Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder and WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases.
One of the biggest contributors to preventable deaths isn't a health problem but a record-keeping problem - and it is one that can be solved.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative is a global initiative that has partnered with 20 low and middle-income countries to dramatically improve health data, including improving understanding of the leading causes of premature death with the ultimate goal is to save more lives by ensuring countries have more accurate public health information.
With more accurate public health information, governments, public health leaders, and aid organisations can be guided with better health data through improved collection systems and tools. These new systems and tools include improving the recording of births and deaths and better collection methods for public health surveys.
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 biggest misconception is that it’s too hard and can’t be done. The Bloomberg project is about countering that myth. That it actually can be done; we’ve developed new, more cost-effective measurement methods we’re starting to exploit. IT advances that are 1000 times faster than they were when I started in this field 30 years ago.
We’re making use of these innovations, these methodological advances, packaging them, talking to countries, getting countries interested to see that this is possible, that they can benefit from these scientific and technological advances.”Laureate Professor Alan Lopez, University of Melbourne, Technical Director of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative
The Data for Health Initiative is country-driven and committed to capacity building and the sustainability of improvements made. The initiative is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The University of Melbourne is working with partners including the CDC Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, Union North America until 2019.