This piece, Increasing Access to Pain Relief in Developing Countries - An EA Perspective, is long but important. As someone who has benefitted from pain treatment on many occasions, I can say from experience that EAs significantly overweight death and future pleasure and underweight current suffering. More importantly, though, society's Puritanical attitudes (especially in the U.S.) and racism / imperialism are causing loads of unnecessary suffering.
Relatedly, I think taking mental health seriously (another area seriously harmed by "toughen up / man up" attitudes) and funding promising research should absolutely be an EA priority. This is a great piece on the topic by Marc Gunther. Sam Harris has done some good podcasts on the topic as well (e.g., his podcast with Michael Pollan).
That first link was really good. Thanks for writing on this topic, Matt
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