Mixed messages from the United Nations on malaria

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.

DDT Attracts Unwarranted Criticism

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.

DDT in Malaria Control: Roberts and Tren Respond

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.

World Cup: South Africa 10 Malaria 0

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.

Getting it right...and wrong

None | 18 Jun 2010 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Two recent articles in "TIME" get it right...and wrong: In the article The Battle for Global Health: Battling a Scourge, published June 10, Alex Perry writes, "Spraying houses with insecticide — which in 2008 cut malaria infections in half — is also forbidden."

Holding the line in battle against malaria

Richard Tren & Donald Roberts | 26 Apr 2010 | Business Day (South Africa)

Raising global awareness for public health problems is never easy, especially during periods of financial crisis. Yesterday, the United Nations, donor agencies and their affiliates marked World Malaria Day. However, the fact that most South Africans are ignorant of this day is not something to be lamented.

Killing the malaria killer

Richard Tren & Dipo Salimonu | 23 Apr 2010 |

On World Malaria Day this week governments and activists will boast of millions of dollars spent on tackling the disease that still kills a child every thirty seconds somewhere in the world. But most of them are culpable of disarming our most effective weapon--insecticides such as DDT.

DDT Danger: The Myth That Kills

None | 23 Apr 2010 | Fox Business

AFM's Richard Tren appears on Fox Business with John Stossel to discuss the book "The Excellent Powder" and the use of DDT in malaria control.

How bad science opened door for malaria

Richard Tren & Donald Roberts | 21 Apr 2010 | USA Today

Since it was first observed 40 years ago, Earth Day has grown from a handful of campus rallies into a global celebration of the environment and has raised ecological awareness around the world. Unfortunately, the politics surrounding Earth Day have also done long-term harm, damaging our ability to fight deadly diseases today.

Demonizing DDT

None | 21 Apr 2010 |

In "The Excellent Powder: DDT's Political and Scientific History," Richard Tren and Donald Roberts argue that the infamous insecticide is the world's greatest public-health success stories, saving millions of lives by preventing insect-borne disease.'s Nick Gillespie sat down with Tren and Roberts, who are part of Africa Fighting Malaria, to talk about how DDT got such a bad rap and what can be done to set the record straight.