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March 23, 2015

Bloomberg Fund Backs International Effort on Health Data

Michael Bloomberg’s foundation and the Australian government are launching a cooperative four-year effort to help countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America more closely track the health of their populations, The Wall Street Journal reports. The $100-million effort will finance new tools and systems in 20 countries to better collect basic health data such as births, deaths, and the prevalence of risk factors for heart disease and other killers.

Kelly Henning, head of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health programs, said the program aims to find inexpensive ways to collect and update such data using mobile devices, rather than through house-to-house surveys that are “extremely time intensive — especially in remote regions that are often in urgent need of improved health services.” The Australian government is contributing $15 million over two years to the effort.