Articles

Europe has taken two steps backwards over food safety

Richard Tren | 19 Jan 2009 | Daily Nation

On Tuesday last week, the European Parliament approved new regulations that may effectively ban a number of chemicals used in popular pesticides.

Private Partnerships: Key to Malaria Control

Francois Maartens | 04 Aug 2008 | African Executive

For many years, the politics of malaria control have been such that IRS and the use of DDT have been discouraged either officially by WHO or de facto by donor agencies that have failed to provide funding for IRS programs.

Malaria-- New Tools Needed to Combat an Old Disease

Richard Tren | 28 Apr 2008 | The Cutting Edge

April 25th marked World Malaria Day---an occasion to assess progress, galvanize support, and of course, solemnly recognize the suffering that this devastating disease causes.

AFM Call to Action on IRS

None | 21 Apr 2008 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is a highly effective method of malaria control recommended by the World Health Organization. Unfortunately it remains underutilized in sub-Saharan Africa, where, each year, malaria kills over a million people and drains the continent of US$12 billion. World Malaria Day 2008 focuses on malaria across borders - some of the best cross-border malaria control programs rely heavily on IRS. Yet most donor agencies are loath to strengthen IRS programs in Africa, train medical entomologists to run them, and invest in new insecticides.

Lessons from other nations in malaria fight

Carlos Odora | 31 Jan 2008 | New Vision

Uganda is stepping up its efforts in the long fight to control malaria and reduce the burden of the disease. The Spraying of DDT to homesteads will soon be extended to new districts. Owing to the application of insecticides on the inside walls of houses, mosquitoes that spread the deadly plasmodium parasite will be repelled from entering houses.

Drive to increase DDT use in malaria war has stalled

Roger Bate | 10 Nov 2007 | The Standard (Kenya)

It is one drug that has raised hue and cry just as much as it has saved lives. DDT, which is the short form of Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane has been used continually in public health programmes over the past 60 years. It has saved millions of lives from diseases such as malaria, typhus and yellow fever. Despite a public backlash in the 1960s, mainstream scientific and public health communities continued to recognise its utility and safety.

Last Chance for DDT

Roger Bate | 05 Nov 2007 | Wall Street Journal

Thanks to the pragmatism of African health officials and the efforts of some in the U.S. government, the insecticide DDT is still repelling and killing mosquitoes in Africa nations, saving thousands of people from malaria and other infectious diseases each year. But its days may be numbered. While the Bush administration and the World Health Organization have argued articulately in favor of DDT over the past two years, so-called environmentalists and those companies selling alternatives to DDT are pushing to prevent it from being deployed.

AFM Response to "WHO Promotes DDT?"

Richard Tren | 14 Oct 2007 | The Lancet

Hans Overgaard and Michael Angstreich argue in The Lancet Infectious Diseases (subscription required) that the World Health Organization (WHO) has consistently provided support for the use of DDT for malaria control. AFM responds to their miseading an dishonest arguments about DDT and WHO as well as to their characterization of AFM as an organization that promotes DDT as a "panacea for the world's malaria problems" here.

DDT use should not be politicised

Carlos Odora | 02 Sep 2007 | New Vision

On August 14, The New Vision reported that the people spraying houses in Munyonyo to control malaria were "resisted". This incident highlights the need for good information, education and communication in malaria control and also provides evidence of the damage that the highly politicised and damaging debate around the use of DDT has done for malaria control. 

Indoor Residual Spraying - Do it right

| 24 Aug 2007 | Africa Fighting Malaria

On August 14, 2007 Uganda's New Vision newspaper reported that malaria control spraymen were "resisted" in Munyonyo, a suburb of Kampala, as they attempted to conduct an indoor residual spraying program. This incident highlights the need for good information, education and communication in malaria control and also provides evidence of the damage that the highly politicized and damaging debate around the use of DDT has done for malaria control.