Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries

In 2016, WHO appointed Michael R. Bloomberg the WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and Injuries. Mr Bloomberg has a long track record on public health achievements both as a philanthropist and a former Mayor of the City of New York.

Through the ambassadorship, Mr Bloomberg works with governments, global health donors, and private sector to direct resources to tackle NCDs and injuries. He also aims to raise awareness about the positive health impact and the economic gains that can be achieved when effective interventions are put in place. Mr Bloomberg’s work is particularly focused on strengthening the NCD and injury response in low- and middle-income countries and through city-level action.

Projects under the ambassadorship include:

The Partnership for Healthy Cities

The Partnership for Healthy Cities is a global network of 54 cities committed to reduce NCDs and injuries. As part of the Partnership, each city implements at least one highly effective intervention such as creating smoke-free public areas or increasing seat-belt and helmet use to save lives

The return on investment for NCDs

Saving lives, spending less: A strategic response to NCDs brings together global data on costs, health impact and economic benefits of scaling up implementation of the most cost-effective NCD interventions in low- and lower-middle-income countries. Country-specific data are also available.

The ambassadorship is an honorary position with a renewable term of two years. In September 2018 the position was renewed for another two-year terms. It does not carry any right to remuneration or compensation for expenses.