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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.