The 40 million dollars donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Mike Bloomberg’s charitable organization, will be used to fund the deployment of rapid response teams to detect, treat outbreaks, and train healthcare workers fighting the disease in less developed countries. A timely donation to assist the increasingly threatened less developed countries with less resources to tackle the pandemic in case of widespread attack in a particular country.
Viewing from the experience of more developed countries with good health care systems like Italy, the virus will be a great challenge to the African continent and other less developed countries. The contribution will also support lab networks working with the virus and efforts to measure the efficacy of containment strategies in communities around the world.
Bloomberg will partner with the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies, a large public health organization that partners with city and local governments on health issues. He’s also working with former CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden, who served as commissioner of the New York City Health Department during Bloomberg’s term as mayor.
“Millions of lives depend on getting the coronavirus response right – and so does the economic and social health of communities around the world. We need to slow transmission of the virus and minimize the impact of the outbreak in all countries,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
Collective action is a key to tackling this pandemic that has put everyone around the world in a state of panic wondering about their fate. With timely measures, the pandemic will be greatly curbed on the African continent.