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.

Shelving malaria

Roger Bate | 02 Apr 2009 | Foreign Policy

We have all heard the stats and the supposed fixes for malaria: The mosquito-borne illness claims the lives of roughly a million people each year. Ninety percent of the deaths will be in Africa, mostly among pregnant women and children. Thanks to poor medical care and uneven prevention, 10 malaria victims will die before you finish reading this column.

Insecticides for public health

Richard Tren | 31 Mar 2009 | Canadian Medical Association Journal

Paracelsus, the 16th-century Swiss physician, cottoned onto an important concept that has served humanity well: "The dose makes the poison." Most of us unknowingly accept this important observation as we drink our first cup of coffee in the morning or drink a beer at the end of the day.

Local Production of Antimalarial Drugs

None | 11 Mar 2009 | Africa Fighting Malaria

The idea that local production of goods increases access to those goods has captured the imagination of many policy makers, politicians and individuals for countless decades. Yet the evidence to back this up is absent.

AFM Bulletin #3: Safe Medicines Project - Phase II: The Zambian Case Study

None | 02 Mar 2009 | Africa Fighting Malaria

A range of antimalarial drugs were procured from private pharmacies, shops and kiosks within the urban and peri-urban areas of Lusaka, Zambia. Semi-quantitative thin-layer chromatography (TLC) and disintegration tests were conducted to measure active pharmaceutical ingredient content against internationally acceptable standards.

India Improves Efforts to Prevent Fake Drugs

Roger Bate | 01 Mar 2009 | Economic Affairs

The Government of India has at last signaled its intention to combat the menace of fake pharmaceuticals. Last October the upper house of the Indian Government passed into law amendments to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, which create a comprehensive national food and drug authority, replacing the ineffectual structure where responsibility was shared between Centre and States and the villains operated freely in the gaps in between.

Malaria Drugs Shelf-Life Possibly Much Longer Than Expected

Joe De Capua | 26 Feb 2009 | Voice of America

A new study suggests that one of the most important malaria drugs, artemether-lumefantrine, may remain potent well after its shelf-life was thought to expire. The study, published in the Malaria Journal, says the drug used in artemisinin-based therapy could possibly be used years after its listed expiration date.

New insecticides are crucial in battle against malaria

Roger Bate | 19 Feb 2009 | SciDev.Net

Insecticides are the most important preventative tool against malaria, dengue and filariasis. Even for yellow fever, where a vaccine exists, insecticides are needed to control common outbreaks.

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.