Ethical considerations of the short-term and long-term health impacts, costs, and educational value of sustainable development projects

Science and Engineering Ethics 12 (2):345-354 (2006)
There are over 800 seventh to tenth grade students at the College d’Enseignment Generale (CEG) School in Azové, Benin. Like most children in the developing world, these students lack access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities. These students suffer from parasitic infection and health ailments which could be directly offset with short term aid to supply water and medical aid. Promoting proper sanitation and providing the technology to implement water and wastewater treatment in the community will decrease childhood and maternal disease and mortality rates in Azové. However, these measures may take several years to implement and will require a significant investment in the infrastructure of the school. Is it ethical to spend $10,000 towards the long-term goals of providing water and sanitation to the students of CEG Azové, compared to spending the same amount on short-term relief efforts?
Keywords Benin  drinking water  sanitation  appropriate technology
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-006-0033-8
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