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.

Stifling Dissent on Malaria

Roger Bate | 08 Dec 2008 |

Nine months ago, The New York Times reported that Dr. Arata Kochi, head of malaria control at the World Health Organization (WHO), was worried the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was undermining scientific creativity in a way that "could have implicitly dangerous consequences [for] the policymaking process in world health."

SADC malaria day commemorated in KZN

Jasson Urbach | 24 Nov 2008 | Health Policy Unit

The annual South African Development Community (SADC) malaria day was held on 14 November. Health ministers attending the commemorations descended on the small town of Jozini in northern KwaZulu-Natal to raise awareness of the risks of the disease before the start of the rainy season that typically runs from November through to March. During this period, the scourge of malaria is at its worst in the region.

The Wrong Message in a Bottle

Roger Bate | 15 Nov 2008 | New York Times

In late September, the authorities in Belgium seized more than two million counterfeit painkillers and antimalarial drugs that had been manufactured in India and were en route to Africa. It was the largest seizure ever of fake pharmaceuticals in Europe.

How Safe . . . and for whom?

Richard Tren | 14 Nov 2008 | Campaign for Fighting Diseases

Securing the safety of our children, family and co-workers is, apparently, increasingly important in many countries around the world. Governments continually pass legislation to restrict certain behaviours as well as products that could potentially cause harm. But are we going too far in wanting to remove all potential risks from our daily lives ... and can our obsession with increasing safety actually cause harm?

Making sense of the health care "brain drain"

Jasson Urbach | 11 Nov 2008 | Free Market Foundation

South Africa's chronic shortage of skilled health care professionals continues unabated and the situation worsens by the day. It is therefore unfortunate and inappropriate that the Department of Health continues to restrict the supply of doctors by limiting the number of foreign health professionals entering SA and the number of positions available at the government-run medical schools across the country.

March of Washingtons

None | 28 Oct 2008 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Visit the March of Washingtons website at - find out how you can help in the fight against malaria, see pictures from other marches, learn more about treatment for malaria and the prevalence of substandard antimalarial drugs, check out the supporters and Founding Partners, tell us about your March of Washingtons and upload your picture.

Pesticides: an alternative view from Africa Fighting Malaria

Richard Tren | 16 Oct 2008 |

The amendments to EU Directive 91/414 are the subject of enormous debate and gnashing of teeth. Malaria scientists and public health experts are exercised about these regulations because of the implications for disease control and have submitted a letter of petition to the EU.

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.