EU - False Fears Pose Real Threats to Continent

Jasson Urbach | 26 Jan 2009 | Daily Independent (Lagos)

The European Union banned scores of pesticides this month under the pretence of protecting human health and the environment.

EU Food Safety Legislation is Poison

Richard Tren | 22 Jan 2009 | Business Day (South Africa)

The European Parliament recently approved new regulations that may effectively ban a number of chemicals used in popular pesticides.

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.

New EU pesticide legislation threatens African malaria control initiatives

Jasson Urbach | 19 Jan 2009 | Health Policy Unit

New European Union pesticide legislation was passed this week with the goal of protecting human health and the environment in Europe. On first inspection one may think that this is a positive step, since there must be viable alternatives that do not adversely affect food production. Furthermore, one would assume that the EU would have conducted appropriate regulatory impact assessments to avoid any unintended consequences from occurring. You would be wrong on both counts.

EU Pesticide Regulations & Malaria Control

None | 08 Oct 2008 | Africa Fighting Malaria

The European Union is currently considering a new regulatory regime for pesticides used in agriculture. The rationale for the new regulations, which will come into force in Fall/Autumn 2008, is to reduce pesticide residues on produce and to limit exposure to chemicals that may cause cancer or act as endocrine disruptors.

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.

Rwanda: Eradicate Malaria With Growth, Not Nets

Carlos Odora | 13 Dec 2007 | New Times (Kigali)

This month, the World Health Organization (WHO) will give four brands of Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated mosquito net its seal of approval, increasing the total to seven. This is good news. The market for these anti-malarial bed-nets is mainly foreign aid agencies which only buy WHO-approved nets, so more authorised products will increase competition, drive prices down a bit and should, in theory, make them more available to those in need. But aid donors' single-minded determination to give everyone nets is just not going to eradicate malaria.