Research

Malaria Rates Underscore Need to Set Aside Costly Taboos

Roger Bate & Richard Tren | 01 Dec 2004 | South African Institute of International Affairs

Roger Bate and Richard Tren discuss the tragic toll of malaria and one highly effective solution, indoor residual spraying with DDT.

DDT: A Case Study in Scientific Fraud

J. Gordon Edwards | 01 Sep 2004 | Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons

The chemical compound that has saved more human lives than any other in history, DDT, was banned by order of one man, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Public pressure was generated by one popular book and sustained by faulty or fraudulent research. Widely believed claimes of carcinogenicity, toxicity to birds, anti-androgenic properties, and prolonged environmental persistence are false or grossly exaggerated. The worldwide effect of the U.S. ban has been millions of preventable deaths.

Malaria Control and Public Health

Donald Roberts et al | 01 Jun 2004 | Emerging Infectious Disease

To the Editor: Malaria continues to cause disease and death in millions of persons living in areas of the world where it is endemic, despite 4 decades of research on vaccines, new drugs, and alternative methods of control. Still, by far the most effective method for reducing and controlling the impact of this disease is indoor residual spraying (IRS) of insecticides. The most cost-effective and safe insecticide has been, and in many instances still is, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT). This intervention is continually under scrutiny, and we address these issues in this letter.

South Africa's War Against Malaria - Lessons for Developing Countries

Roger Bate & Richard Tren | 25 Mar 2004 | Cato Institute

Roger Bate and Richard Tren discuss South Africa's success in controlling malaria using indoor residual spraying with DDT.

The cost and cost-effectiveness of malaria vector control by residual insecticide house-spraying in southern Mozambique: a rural and urban analysis

L. Conteh et al | 01 Jan 2004 | Tropical Medicine and International Health

Both these initiatives show that introducing an IRS programme can deliver a reduction in malaria-related suffering providing financial support, political will, collaborative management and training and community involvement are in place.

DDT, Global Strategies, and a Malaria Control Crisis in South America

Donald Roberts et al | 01 Jul 1997 | Emerging Infectious Diseases

Malaria is reemerging in endemic-disease countries of South America. We examined the rate of real growth in annual parasite indexes (API) by adjusting APIs for all years to the annual blood examination rate of 1965 for each country.