Uganda still needs to fight malaria

Carlos Odora | 01 Aug 2007 | New Vision

Malaria kills between 320-350 Ugandans daily. If these mortalities were accident induced, we would see tremendous national concern to halt them. Our best shot at the target is operating 300 pharmacies, 5,000 drug stores and the many private clinics, which according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, dispense up to 60% of the anti-malarials through the private sector.

Malaria Groups' Silence Enables Fatal Idiocy

Roger Bate | 10 May 2007 | Wall Street Journal

The malaria community must do more to combat the attacks on DDT.  At the moment their silence enables fatal idiocy.

Honesty is a Virtue

Roger Bate & Kathryn Boateng | 24 Jan 2007 | Foreign Affairs

Failure to consider unfashionable modes of disease transmission or use proven but politically unpopular methods in disease prevention and control is illogical, dishonest, and should be exposed.

Re-Consider DDT Against Malaria

Roger Bate & Mauro De Lorenzo | 10 Jan 2007 | American Enterprise Institute

Rwanda's current policies will certainly save lives. But many more lives could be saved if Rwands adopts indoor residual spraying using DDT as part of its malaria control programme.

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.

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.

Much-maligned DDT has key role in battling malaria

Jasson Urbach | 10 Jul 2006 | Cape Times

As has been widely reported and commented upon, one of the best ways to control malaria and reduce the burden is to stop the deadly anopheles mosquitoes from biting humans. One of the most effective ways of doing that is to spray tiny quantities of the insecticide environmentalists love to hate, dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT), on the inside walls of houses in a process known as indoor residual spraying (IRS). DDT lasts for up to a year and primarily repels mosquitoes so that they won't even enter a sprayed house.

How DDT can stop millions of malaria deaths

Richard Tren & Philip Coticelli | 09 Nov 2005 | Mail & Guardian

Richard Tren and Philip Coticelli discuss the history of DDT and argue for its regulated use in malaria control.