accelerating change: foundation blog

Ready for 2020: Women Leaders in Global Health

2019 ended on an exciting, galvanizing note for women in global health. In November, established and emerging leaders gathered in Kigali, Rwanda for the third Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) Conference. This event anticipated the upcoming anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—in writing, a standard-bearer for global commitment to women’s rights—and […]

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After a year of setbacks, a new decade brings new hope in the fight to end smoking

2019 began auspiciously, with a sense that the end of smoking might finally be on the horizon. This ambience of optimism, however, was short-lived. Instead of progress, 2019 brought a series of setbacks, schisms, and squandered opportunities to improve global health. Still, I remain hopeful that 2020 can be different. Over the past year, the […]

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Tobacco Transformation Index – In conflict or complementary?

The Foundation’s Tobacco Transformation Index (the “Index”) will provide quantifiable evidence over time of the steps the largest tobacco companies are taking to achieve a world free of combustible cigarettes and other high-risk tobacco products and actions they take to impede that progress. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP) supports the Global Tobacco […]

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A Lens on Smoking, Noncommunicable Diseases, and Social Injustice

Smoking is a major behavioral risk factor common to all four major noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)—namely, cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases. Approximately 80% of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); and NCDs are estimated to cause more than two-thirds of all deaths in developing countries. This […]

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How Insurers can Help to End Smoking

When people quit smoking, health and life insurers save money. The insurance sector therefore has a unique opportunity to save lives while boosting profits, an alignment of interests called shared value. The global insurance industry can, in fact, play a key role in the fight to end smoking. Too often, however, this role is overlooked. […]

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