Collaborator Partnership For Healthy Cities
Collaborator Coronavirus Local Response Initiative, Bloomberg Funded
Start Date 2020-03-00
Notes Giving public health professionals the tools to protect the public is vital to saving lives and to helping mitigate the kind of economic and social damage that could make this crisis even more debilitating for families and communities. Bloomberg Philanthropies launched two initiatives to accelerate the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic: the Coronavirus Global Response Initiative and the Coronavirus Local Response Initiative. CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL RESPONSE INITIATIVE CORONAVIRUS LOCAL RESPONSE INITIATIVE SHARE CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL RESPONSE INITIATIVE This global initiative will support immediate action to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable low- and middle-income countries The $40 million Bloomberg Philanthropies Coronavirus Global Response Initiative will work around the world in low- and middle-income countries to fund rapid response teams that will be deployed to prevent and detect infection; train frontline healthcare workers in infection prevention and control; develop lab networks to manage and transport specimens to central laboratories for COVID-19 diagnosis; measure acceptance and impact of containment strategies such as school and church closures and cancellation of mass gatherings through rapid mobile phone surveys; provide communications support such as public education campaigns; and provide technical expertise to global and regional health organizations. Bloomberg Philanthropies will partner with Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of global health organization Vital Strategies, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), to help lower-income countries and cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative will complement recently announced funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at accelerating the response to COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries. The Coronavirus Global Response Initiative will have a strong focus on African nations and also extend beyond to support the mayors and city governments around the world that are part of the Partnership for Healthy Cities, founded in 2017 by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with WHO and Vital Strategies. CORONAVIRUS LOCAL RESPONSE INITIATIVE Bloomberg Philanthropies is virtually convening experts in public health and City leadership to help cities respond to the Coronavirus Along with partners at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies launched a new program of support to help American mayors respond to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus. As the virus continues to spread through communities around the world, with devastating impact to local economies and the wellbeing of residents, City leaders have stepped up to lead the response. Bloomberg Philanthropies will work with partners to identify the needs and lessons learned from cities experiencing the outbreak in real time that can be shared with additional cities eager to get ahead of the virus’ spread. Relying on public health expertise from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the network will provide mayors with the most up-to-date information on the virus from the Centers for Disease Control and help them understand and act on the most relevant and accurate information available. The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership initiative will convene the mayors virtually and bring in experts from both the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School to coach the mayors on crisis leadership and crisis communications. The program is open to all cities in the United States and will accommodate as many participants as possible. Interested mayors and City leaders should email coronavirusresponse@bloomberg.org to apply.
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