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.

Corrupting Health

Roger Bate | 28 Nov 2006 | TCS Daily

Transparency International (TI) celebrated its 12th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) last week in Guatemala. Founded by ex-World Bankers and influential government officials from developing countries such as Kenya and Bangladesh, TI , which is one of the more effective and sensible global NGOs, has pushed the World Bank as well as increasing numbers of Governments to address corruption seriously.

Malaria: no time to pass the buck

Richard Tren | 22 Nov 2006 | Business Day (South Africa)

This week, Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are marking Malaria Week by holding a ministerial conference in Namibia. The theme of the conference is Scaling up Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) with DDT.

Lady Madonna, Children at Your Feet

Richard Tren | 26 Oct 2006 | TCS Daily

Yohane Banda, the father of Madonna's newly adopted son, David, has thanked the pop diva for rescuing his son from "poverty and disease." However recent news reports have suggested that Mr. Banda was not fully aware of the implications of the adoption and that he would prefer to have his son nearby where he can see him and be able to take him back when his circumstances improve. The whole affair raises many questions about the role that westerners should play in helping Africa to develop. It also raises questions about the role of high profile celebrities that have taken on African causes - the current track record of celebrity Africa-philes leaves much room for improvement.

Myths About the Developing World

Hans Rosling | 23 Sep 2006 | TED

Myths About the Developing World, By Hans Rosling at TED.

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.

Drug Snares

Roger Bate & Kathryn Boateng | 09 Sep 2006 | National Review Online

Throughout the developing world, hospitals have become places where patients don't bother to go; it's not that they aren't sick — there just are no drugs for the doctors to prescribe for them. Two thirds of the world's population and 80 percent of Africans do not have adequate access to drugs. While manufacturers' pricing and grotesque poverty-levels are partly to blame, a major culprit is the governments of these poor countries, which impose tariffs, taxes, and customs duties on imported drugs.

Make Federal Spending Transparent

Roger Bate | 09 Sep 2006 | Washington Post

What do Friends of the Earth, the Family Research Council, Phyllis Schlafly and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have in common? If you think not much, then you are partially wrong: They all love the new Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. Introduced by senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the bill requires the Office of Management and Budget to establish and maintain a single public website listing the names and locations of all individuals and groups receiving federal funds, including the amount of federal funds received annually by program.