What are the main points of the “Prevention is better than a cure for emerging infectious diseases” by Haymann and Dar 2014?
I thought it was interesting that the first concern expressed in the article on emerging infectious diseases was the monetary cost and not the suffering caused by illness and premature death. While I realise that money is an important issue, it was as if the financial reasons were the main catalyst for the will to find solutions.
Having said this, the prevention of disease, I agree is not only financially sensible but also considerably reduces suffering. A better-managed environment, and better co-operation between governments, businesses and professionals, sounds like Utopia, but it is good that as a global community we are striving towards this and making headway.
I was dismayed, but not surprised to read that lack of money is an obstacle for many poorer countries. It seems that environmental damage is often carried out by big business from developed countries, but the people are mostly suffering from climate change and disease are the ones who are doing the least damage. I personally feel quite guilty about this.