An admirable goal, but a PHS 795 student notes the limitations of focusing on disease rather than determinants of health. She writes:
I came across this article while reading the BBC news. Zuckerberg and Chan recently created a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, pledging 3 billion dollars to “cure prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century”. While this is a very generous financial contribution to biomedical research, he and his wife are making a large claim that I’m not buying. They are looking at “disease” in a very narrow biological sense without taking into account the social determinants of health. It goes back to Evans and Studdart’s article “Producing Health, Consuming Healthcare” where they critique the healthcare system for focusing too heavily on expensive and timely healthcare interventions rather than addressing larger social conditions. If Zuckerberg is going to cure, prevent or manage all disease, this megabillionaire needs to come up with a plan to fix things like poverty, the housing crisis, and unemployment, all in a decade.
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Facebook’s founder and his wife aim to cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century.