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.

AFM Commentary and Policy Recommendations on Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines

None | 20 Jun 2007 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Around the globe, the production and distribution of substandard and counterfeit drugs is a vast, increasing and largely underreported, problem. Adulterated medicines contain little or none of the active ingredients found in their branded equivalent, and often have adverse health effects.

Rachel Carson's Mixed Legacy

Roger Bate | 26 May 2007 | Washington Post

David A. Fahrenthold quoted me in his May 23 Metro article "Rachel Carson Bill From Cardin on Hold" but misunderstood my point. While one cannot blame Rachel Carson for things done in her name after her death, she was undoubtedly wrong about DDT and a host of other issues. She was known to be wrong in 1972, 10 years after "Silent Spring" was published, as the back cover of the 1972 Penguin version acknowledged.

Inconclusive study on DDT has potentially mortal consequences

Jasson Urbach | 15 May 2007 | Health Policy Unit

The latest attack on DDT for indoor residual spraying purposes merely amounts to yet another smear campaign. Nowhere does the paper acknowledge the millions of lives that it has help to save and finds inconclusive evidence that DDT is harmful to human reproductive health.

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.

Jumping Through WHOPES to Control Malaria

Richard Tren & Philip Coticelli | 25 Apr 2007 | TCS Daily

Many African countries are developing indoor residual spraying programs, some with DDT, a highly effective and safe insecticide proven to reduce the burden of malaria. Insecticide-treated mosquito net distribution, however, continues to dominate efforts. Our analysis shows that slow approvals for new net technologies have limited competition and wasted public funds for malaria control.

Hero in the fight against malaria

Richard Tren | 10 Apr 2007 | Business Day (South Africa)

AFM's Richard Tren pays tribute to the work of the late Dr Brian Sharp. Dr. Sharp headed SA's Medical Research Council's Malaria Research Lead Programme and spearheaded some of the most successful malaria control programmes in the region. His death on April 2 after a long battle with cancer leaves a significant gap in the malaria control community.

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.

Fighting Malaria

Richard Tren | 18 Dec 2006 | Gallup Poll

AFM Director Richard Tren is interviewed by The Gallup Poll to discuss malaria trends in sub-Saharan Africa.