My dog was carefully assessed, x-rayed, and operated on by the best veterinary surgeon, and then received excellent private follow-up care. All of this cost several thousands of dollars. I did not think twice about spending the money. But after reading a piece in the New York Times recently, John and I began to grapple with the ethics of directing so much money to an animal.
It was recently World Malaria Day, and there is news about the disease. A pilot project is trying to reach more people with ACT, the latest anti-malarial medication, by selling it at a subsidized price in local shops. The majority of poor malaria sufferers buy medicine at such corner stores, where it is sold off the shelf along with cooking oil and sugar.