Who's who in #globaldev: August appointments

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 26 August 2016

Billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg is the World Health Organization’s global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases. Photo by: Mark Garten / United Nations

World Health Organization

Michael Bloomberg is widely known as a politician, a businessman and a billionaire philanthropist. Now he’s accumulated a new title: World Health Organization global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases.

Organizations working in the NCD space welcome Bloomberg’s appointment. Over the years, the three-time former mayor of New York City has invested money in tackling some of the world’s serious public health issues, including polio and tobacco use, which is estimated to kill around 6 million people a year across the world, according to the WHO. In 2006, Bloomberg launched a multimillion dollar global initiative aimed at reducing tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries.

“I am honored to become WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and excited about the possibilities that are within our reach,” Bloomberg said in a statement following his appointment.

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Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.

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