- Michael R. Bloomberg is reappointed as WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs and Injuries.
- There is strong global support for the policies the WHO advocates in its report to tackle the growing public health burden of NCDs, according to a new Gallup survey.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, today presented a new report calling on world leaders to take urgent action against NCDs, which are responsible for 17 million premature deaths each year.
To accelerate action in this area, Dr Tedros has reappointed Michael R. Bloomberg as WHO Global Ambassador for NCDs and Injuries for two years. This is the third renewal for this personality, appointed for the first time in 2016.
The announcement was made at the first annual meeting of a Group of Heads of State and Government for the Prevention of NCDs, led by the President of Ghana and the Prime Minister of Norway , which took place at the seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly. It follows the launch of the Global Compact on NCDs, presented a few months ago by Ghana and Norway.
To mark the occasion, WHO released a new report titled “Invisible Numbers: The true scale of noncommunicable diseases” and launched a data portal ( in English) which, for the first time, brings together all the data collected on these diseases by the Organization, from 194 countries. The report and portal highlight the magnitude of the global NCD burden, the risk factors and the progress each country is making in its fight against these conditions. Every two seconds, somewhere in the world, someone under the age of 70 dies from an NCD. More non-communicable diseases (including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and lung disease) than infectious diseases now designated among the leading causes of death worldwide.
“This report reminds us of the true scale of the threat posed by NCDs and their risk factors,” said Dr Tedros. “To combat these diseases, there are cost-effective, globally applicable interventions that countries, regardless of income level, can leverage to save every life while saving money. silver. I thank Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of Norway and Michael Bloomberg for their leadership and vision in addressing this major global health issue. »
Michael Bloomberg’s reappointment comes at a critical time for public health. People with NCDs have been more durably supported than others by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today Gallup released a new survey commissioned by WHO and Bloomberg Philanthropies which found that most respondents in five countries surveyed – Colombia, United States of America, India, Jordan and the United Republic of Tanzania – rate an NCD or a risk factor for an NCD as the main health problem in their country.
The public is relatively unaware of the privileges between NCDs and their risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol consumption, unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity. Yet, the majority of respondents in all countries require a large number of proven interventions and policies that can reduce NCD deaths and include, for example, expanding green spaces to improve health in urban areas or raising tobacco taxes.
“As the fight against this pandemic continues and we prepare for the next one, we have found that addressing a major risk factor in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths is critical: NCDs,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries. “NCDs, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease and cancer, while the largest silent causes of death in the world, can often be halted by investing in proven interventions of good value. cost efficiency. I look forward to continuing to make these vital investments in NCD and injury prevention alongside Dr Tedros and WHO. »
As WHO Global Ambassador, Michael R. Bloomberg was able to support global, national and local efforts to protect people from NCDs and injuries. These activities also support progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 3.4 to reduce by one-third, by 2030, the number of deaths from NCDs through high-impact policies and programs. implemented at the population level in cities across the globe.
NCDs cause almost three-quarters of deaths worldwide. Each year, 17 million people under the age of 70 die from NCDs, 86% of whom live in low- and middle-income countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has further increased the burden of NCDs by delaying and disrupting care; in the early months of the pandemic, 75% of countries reported that essential NCD services were disrupted by lockdown restrictions and reallocation of resources. While all United Nations Member States have pledged to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by a third by 2030 – potentially saving millions of lives – few countries are on the right path today. to achieve this. Efforts are urgently needed everywhere to get back on track, achieve the SDG targets and reduce premature mortality from NCDs.
 The Group of Heads of State and Government launched a Global Compact on NCDs in April 2022 in Accra, Ghana, as part of the International Policy Dialogue on NCDs.
About the World Health Organization
The World Health Organization is the lead agency for public health in the United Nations system. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, in six regions and more than 150 offices, to promote health, safeguard global security and serve vulnerable populations. By connecting countries, people and partners, we strive to give everyone, everywhere the same chance to live safe and healthy lives.
About Michael R. Bloomberg’s Action for Public Health
Michael R. Bloomberg is a leader in the field of public health. It has invested in major initiatives to save lives aimed, among other things, at reducing tobacco consumption and the use of electronic cigarettes among young people (more than 1 billion USD allocated to this component), to promote food policies health, reduce drownings and improve road safety and maternal health. In 2016, he launched the American Health Initiative at Johns Hopkins University to address the decline in life expectancy in the United States, and in 2017 he launched the Partnership for Healthy Cities, a global network of 70 cities committed to non-communicable diseases and injuries. Recently, Bloomberg Philanthropies invested an additional $115 million in global public health nonprofit Resolve to Save Lives – bringing its total investment to $215 million – to continue preventing heart disease deaths.
About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in 941 cities and 173 countries around the world to help as many people as possible live longer, healthier lives. The organization focuses on five key areas to create lasting change: arts, education, environment, public innovation and public health.
Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s philanthropic activities, including those that are personal, corporate, and through his foundation, as well as his involvement in Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consulting firm that works in cities around the world. In 2021, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $1.66 billion. For more information, visit bloomberg.org.