What Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Achieve With $75m
Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg are making a $75 million investment in a new global health initiative aimed at saving millions of people.
The investment under the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was tagged Resolve to Save Lives, and it targets at least 100 million lives.
It will focus on the prevention of epidemics and cardiovascular diseases.
Zuckerberg announced the health initiative on Tuesday on Facebook and it is already generating lots of reactions.
“If we're going to cure, prevent and manage all diseases in our children's lifetime, we need to be ready for the next infectious disease outbreaks like we've seen with Ebola and Zika in recent years.
“Many countries don't have the infrastructure to detect threats early and prevent them from spreading -- and that puts millions of lives at risk all around the world.
“Resolve will work with governments to build these systems to identify and contain outbreaks sooner,” he wrote.
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The Facebook founder also expressed concern that more people die from non-communicable diseases like heart disease than infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS.
He believes that preventing cardiovascular disease can be as straightforward as reducing sodium and trans fats in people's diets, and simple public health interventions around the world.
The leader of this effort is Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) who helped end the Ebola epidemic.
Zuckerberg and his wife had helped fund his surge effort against Ebola and the Jew is so impressed with his leadership.
He has left the CDC and will now focus on Resolve.