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COVID-19 Response

Mike Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies are providing the tools to understand, respond to, and manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

By partnering with local governments and leading public health professionals, Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched initiatives to accelerate the fight against COVID-19 with a focus on helping mayors manage the crisis, accelerating the response in low- and middle-income countries, and supporting social service and cultural organizations.

Mike is building on his experience as a crisis manager who has prioritized public health and safety as mayor of New York City, leading the city through the constant threat of bioterrorism attacks, the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, and the West Nile Virus in 2012, and as a global philanthropist with investments in public health totaling over $2.5 billion.

WATCH: Mike’s Message to Essential Workers, April 2020

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COVID-19 Local Response Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping cities and states combat the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of residents and local economies.

With the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the National League of Cities, the United States Conference of Mayors, and National Association of City Transportation Officials, Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping mayors respond.

As the virus spread through communities around the world, with devastating impact to local economies and the wellbeing of residents, City and State leaders stepped up to lead the response. Bloomberg Philanthropies worked with partners to identify the needs and lessons learned from cities experiencing the outbreak in real time that can be shared with additional cities eager to get ahead of the virus’ spread.

“Mayors are on the front lines of the biggest challenges facing the country, including the Coronavirus crisis.” 

– Mike Bloomberg

COVID-19 Global Response Initiative

This global initiative supports immediate action to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable low- and middle-income countries.

With Resolve to Save Lives, Vital Strategies, and the World Health Organization, the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Global Response Initiative worked around the world in low- and middle-income countries to fund rapid response teams to prevent and detect infection; train frontline health care workers in infection prevention and control; develop lab networks to manage and transport specimens to central laboratories for COVID-19 diagnosis; measure acceptance and impact of containment strategies such as school and church closures and cancellation of mass gatherings through rapid mobile phone surveys; provide communications support such as public education campaigns; and provide technical expertise to global and regional health organizations.


“City and country leaders … in low- and middle-income countries where we do much of our work, need urgent support to boost preparedness for their people.” 

– Dr. Kelly Henning, head of Public Health at Bloomberg Philanthropies

Investing in Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies donated thousands of masks to hospitals in London and New York, provided millions of meals to health care workers, and supports cultural and social service non-profits in both cities as they navigate this difficult period which is impacting their daily operations and challenging the stability of the critical services they provide.

“These joint initiatives with so many incredible philanthropic partners will help ensure that many of our city’s nonprofits can withstand this crisis.” 

– Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies

WATCH: Providing Free Meals to New York City Health Care Workers