Articles

Anti-insecticide extremists need to be 'Punk'd'

Richard Tren & Donald Roberts | 12 Apr 2010 | The Daily Caller

During his State of the Union address on Jan. 31, 2006, President Bush mentioned malaria twice. This probably took most Americans by surprise as the disease was banished from the States in the early 1950s. But as Bush and his administration established the ambitious PMI, the disease would soon feature fairly high on the political and popular agenda.

AFM Launch of the book "The Excellent Powder"

None | 09 Apr 2010 | Africa Fighting Malaria

AFM launched the book "The Excellent Powder: DDT's Political and Scientific History" in Washington, DC and South Africa. Click here to purchase the book ($25).

Response to "DDT and Urogenital Malformations in Newborn Boys in a Malarial Area"

Richard Tren & Donald Roberts et al | 09 Apr 2010 | British Journal of Urology International

Richard Tren and Donald Roberts et al respond to the study by Bornman et al entitled "DDT and urogenital malformations in newborn boys in a malarial area" published in BJUI in October 2009.

About Those Malaria Goals

Richard Tren & Donald Roberts | 08 Apr 2010 | Wall Street Journal

World Marlaria Day is coming up later this month. So as public health groups gather to bring attention to the mosquito-borne disease that kills almost one million people annually, and inflicts fever and pain on some 500 million more, expect many calls for its eradication.

DDT and Malaria Prevention

Richard Tren & Donald Roberts | 01 Jan 2010 | Environmental Health Perspectives

In his commentary "Global Status of DDT and Its Alternatives for Use in Vector Control to Prevent Disease," van den Berg (2009) raised concerns about the impact of DDT and its derivates on human health, in spite of the fact that DDT has been used widely for seven decades and no properly replicated and confirmed study has found any specific human health harm.

DDT debate continues

None | 02 Nov 2009 | Africa Fighting Malaria

On Thursday October 29th, AFM Director Richard Tren had an article published in South Africa's leading daily newspaper, Business Day, discussing new research from University of Pretoria scientists on DDT and human health.

Dubious studies poison war on malaria

Richard Tren | 29 Oct 2009 | Business Day (South Africa)

For years, fear and uncertainty, fuelled by politically driven and misleading information, undermined the fight against HIV/AIDS in SA. The result was the avoidable deaths of more than 300000 people. Now fear and uncertainty are being peddled again, this time against DDT use in malaria control.

A response to the paper entitled "DDT and urogenital malformations in newborn boys in a malarial area"

None | 26 Oct 2009 | Africa Fighting Malaria

For six decades dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) has been used successfully in indoor residual spraying programs to control malaria. During the many decades that DDT has been in use, thousands of tonnes of the chemical have been produced and used throughout the world with millions of people coming into direct contact with it in one way or another.

Populations exposed to malaria suffer in silence

Jasson Urbach | 01 Sep 2009 | Health Policy Unit

DDT, one of the most studied insecticides, has again come under attack. In May 2009, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) published The Pine River Statement: Human Health Consequences of DDT Use.

The United Nations' Retreat From Science in Controlling Malaria

Roger Bate | 12 May 2009 | The New Ledger

For two years the United Nations paid lip service to the truth that the insecticide DDT is a vital component of malaria control, but last week UN abandoned science in favor of superstition. The result is UN promotion of more dangerous and less efficient malaria control techniques.