Malaria Initiative Progresses

Roger Bate | 14 Dec 2006 | Washington Times

Today the White House will host its first-ever summit on malaria. It will celebrate a major change in U.S. malaria control policy and should provide the president some much needed good publicity. It is too early to conclusively prove the efficacy of enacted policy changes. But there is no doubt the Global Health Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is making the changes, is moving foreign assistance in the right direction.

DDT use won't affect food imports to EU

Staff Writers | 29 Nov 2006 | The Guardian

The use of toxic DDT and other pesticide chemicals in the fight against malaria will not affect Tanzanian food products exported to European markets, the European Union has said.

'Condemned to die' by malaria, Ugandans plead for DDT use

Katie Lewis | 29 Nov 2006 | Ottawa Citizen

When she was a little girl, the witch doctors beat Fiona Kobusingye with sticks and fed her foul medicine that made her lose control of her hands.

No scientific proof that DDT is dangerous

Philip Coticelli | 20 Sep 2006 | East African Standard

After years of suppression, Tanzania's Ministry of Health is finally bringing DDT back for malaria control. It has concluded that indoor residual spraying (IRS) of DDT is not only safe for humans and the environment, but essential to the fight against malaria. An Environmental Impact Assessment prepared by the Ugandan Ministry of Health last month concluded the same.

Light at the End of Malaria Tunnel

Richard Tren | 18 Sep 2006 | Business Day (South Africa)

Malaria has the dubious honour of being the number one killer of African children, even though it is a preventable and curable disease. Expert estimates figure that malaria kills more than a million people around the world each year, with 90% of deaths in sub-Saharan Africa and most of those among young children and pregnant women. Efforts to control the disease have been patchy, with successes in some countries and failures in others.

Medicine tariffs: how they cost lives

Richard Tren | 10 Aug 2006 | Business Day (South Africa)

A new study published by the American Enterprise Institute calls for an end to tariffs on medicines and to the corruption that often accompanies them.

Much-maligned DDT has key role in battling malaria

Jasson Urbach | 10 Jul 2006 | Cape Times

As has been widely reported and commented upon, one of the best ways to control malaria and reduce the burden is to stop the deadly anopheles mosquitoes from biting humans. One of the most effective ways of doing that is to spray tiny quantities of the insecticide environmentalists love to hate, dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT), on the inside walls of houses in a process known as indoor residual spraying (IRS). DDT lasts for up to a year and primarily repels mosquitoes so that they won't even enter a sprayed house.

Malaria Scores a Three-Pointer

Roger Bate | 17 Mar 2006 | TCS Daily

On Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden malaria became a high profile cause. Hip Hop founder Fab Five Freddy was on New York Knicks TV along with Lance Laifer, the founder of Dunk Malaria, to raise awareness of the disease. Around the Garden kids and adults alike were given the chance to dunk a mini-basketball in a mini-hoop, some donating cash as they went. And with the game going into double overtime everyone had plenty of time to dunk a ball.

Remove Medical Tariffs

Roger Bate & James Driscoll | 27 Feb 2006 | Wall Street Journal Asia

Anyone in Asia who cares about the health of the world's poor should warmly endorse the proposal to remove import tariffs on essential medicines that is being tabled at the World Trade Organization today by the U.S., Singaporean and Swiss governments.

South Africa's Good News on AIDS

Roger Bate | 20 Dec 2005 | TCS Daily

Bad policy contributing to rampant AIDS has become the master narrative of much western reporting on South Africa. But the tide has turned and there is progress to report.