Bloomberg Philanthropies recently announced the first 18 nations that will receive grants to collect more—and more accurate—public health data, including information about why people die.
The grants are part of the $100 million Data for Health initiative, launched last year by Bloomberg and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The initiative aims to boost health-data collection in low- and middle-income countries in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Death records are a particular focus. The WHO estimates about two-thirds of deaths worldwide are not recorded, leaving uncertainty about what is shortening life expectancies.