Richard Tren & Donald Roberts | 18 May 2011 | Malaria Journal
In their paper "Status of pesticide management in the practice of vector control: a global survey in countries at risk of malaria or other major vector-borne diseases," van den Berg et al. make some generally accepted and valid arguments about the need for improved management of public health insecticides (PHIs).
None | 29 Apr 2011 | Africa Fighting Malaria
The final day of the COP5 focused on agreeing to and adopting decision points. Early on, the COP agreed on the listing of endosulfan in Annex A, much to the delight of almost all the delegations and NGOs.
Roger Bate & Richard Tren | 28 Apr 2011 | American.com
Two weeks ago the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a bloc of 15 African nations, said it would begin producing the insecticide DDT to combat malarial mosquitoes. This is a necessary reaction to damage caused by the illogical, misguided, and often untruthful campaign against DDT run by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
None | 11 Mar 2011 | Africa Fighting Malaria
The blogger, Tim Lambert (aka Deltoid), regularly engages in the DDT debate by making ad hominem attacks on those who defend DDT in an effort to undermine their credibility. AFM has often been the target of such attacks and as a general policy, has not considered it a constructive use of our time to engage in these often misguided and pointless discussions.
Richard Tren & Donald Roberts | 08 Feb 2011 | Times LIVE
At the dawn of the new millennium, hospitals and clinics in northern KwaZulu-Natal were inundated with patients and graveyards were filling up fast. The area was in the tragic grip of one of the most severe malaria epidemics in its history. Luckily, though, by 2001, malaria cases had fallen by more than 80% thanks to the reintroduction of DDT.
None | 31 Jan 2011 | Africa Fighting Malaria
The only proven and consistent method of insect-borne disease prevention (where a vaccine does not exist) is vector control - suppressing contact between disease-spreading vectors (mosquitoes, fleas, lice, and other insects) and humans in order to interrupt disease transmission.
None | 22 Oct 2010 | Africa Fighting Malaria
AFM is pleased the United Nations General Assembly supports the use of insecticides (including DDT) and IRS for malaria control and even calls for investment in new insecticides.
Jasson Urbach | 24 Aug 2010 | Health Policy Unit
Imagine a medicine that has saved tens of millions of lives consistently for decades. Imagine that it is still being used highly successfully - yet, many people wish to see it taken out of use because they fear it may cause harm.
Donald Roberts & Richard Tren | 01 Jul 2010 | Environmental Health Perspectives
Herren and Mbogo's critique of our response (Tren and Roberts 2010) to van den Berg (2009) is lacking in substance. In their letter, they attack our work by characterizing our advocacy for using DDT to control malaria as a distraction from larger malaria control issues.
Jasson Urbach | 25 Jun 2010 | Health Policy Unit
Although many perceive Africa as a place of wars and deadly diseases, thanks to great malaria control, South Africa has shown that this disease is preventable and to a very large extent, is being stopped at the borders.