The Bloomberg Initiative and the BI grants programme

The Bloomberg Initiative (BI)

The Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use was launched in 2006 by a US$125 million gift from Michael R. Bloomberg, financier, philanthropist and Mayor of the City of New York. The funds were allocated to five partners designated to carry out different aspects of the initiative: World Lung Foundation, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the World Health Organization.

In 2006, The Union was invited by the World Lung Foundation to co-manage the Bloomberg Initiative grants programme with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, as well as provide technical assistance, capacity building and training, and, develop partnerships for tobacco control.

The Tobacco Control Department also produces a number of resources, including fact sheets, guides and developing training material for tobacco control management and technical courses. In 2008, Bill Gates joined the campaign against tobacco use, and he and Mr Bloomberg pledged a total of $500 million over five years.

The Bloomberg Initiative (BI) Grants Programme

A key component of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use (BI) is a grants programme jointly managed by The Union and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) that focuses on low- and middle-income countries with the greatest number of tobacco users. This programme support projects that develop and deliver high-impact, evidence-based tobacco control interventions. It is designed to build their country's capacity for tobacco control and run tobacco control programmes that have an immediate, but also ongoing and sustainable impact on this critical public health problem.

Fifteen developing countries that are home to nearly 80% of the world's tobacco users have been targeted as the priority countries for support. Listed in order of priority, they are China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Ukraine, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Poland.

Learn more about the Bloomberg Initiative Grants Programme.