Precaution and funding of vector control must be based on evidence

Richard Tren & Donald Roberts | 18 May 2011 | Malaria Journal

In their paper "Status of pesticide management in the practice of vector control: a global survey in countries at risk of malaria or other major vector-borne diseases," van den Berg et al. make some generally accepted and valid arguments about the need for improved management of public health insecticides (PHIs).

AFM Observations on the 5th Conference of Parties of the Stockholm Convention

None | 29 Apr 2011 | Africa Fighting Malaria

The final day of the COP5 focused on agreeing to and adopting decision points. Early on, the COP agreed on the listing of endosulfan in Annex A, much to the delight of almost all the delegations and NGOs.

Africans Tell the UN to Buzz Off

Roger Bate & Richard Tren | 28 Apr 2011 |

Two weeks ago the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a bloc of 15 African nations, said it would begin producing the insecticide DDT to combat malarial mosquitoes. This is a necessary reaction to damage caused by the illogical, misguided, and often untruthful campaign against DDT run by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Tim Lambert's smear campaign: A Response from Africa Fighting Malaria

None | 11 Mar 2011 | Africa Fighting Malaria

The blogger, Tim Lambert (aka Deltoid), regularly engages in the DDT debate by making ad hominem attacks on those who defend DDT in an effort to undermine their credibility. AFM has often been the target of such attacks and as a general policy, has not considered it a constructive use of our time to engage in these often misguided and pointless discussions.

Malaria control in South Africa and neighbouring countries

Jasson Urbach | 02 Mar 2011 | Health Policy Unit

For a decade, the number of recorded cases of malaria in South Africa's Limpopo province averaged 413 over the festive period. Over November/ December 2010, this number increased to 488.

False reporting and the fight against malaria

Richard Tren & Donald Roberts | 08 Feb 2011 | Times LIVE

At the dawn of the new millennium, hospitals and clinics in northern KwaZulu-Natal were inundated with patients and graveyards were filling up fast. The area was in the tragic grip of one of the most severe malaria epidemics in its history. Luckily, though, by 2001, malaria cases had fallen by more than 80% thanks to the reintroduction of DDT.

AFM Bulletin #6: Recognizing the way insecticides work in malaria control - the critical importance of WHO's position on DDT

None | 31 Jan 2011 | Africa Fighting Malaria

The only proven and consistent method of insect-borne disease prevention (where a vaccine does not exist) is vector control - suppressing contact between disease-spreading vectors (mosquitoes, fleas, lice, and other insects) and humans in order to interrupt disease transmission.

Mixed messages from the United Nations on malaria

None | 22 Oct 2010 | Africa Fighting Malaria

AFM is pleased the United Nations General Assembly supports the use of insecticides (including DDT) and IRS for malaria control and even calls for investment in new insecticides.

DDT Attracts Unwarranted Criticism

Jasson Urbach | 24 Aug 2010 | Health Policy Unit

Imagine a medicine that has saved tens of millions of lives consistently for decades. Imagine that it is still being used highly successfully - yet, many people wish to see it taken out of use because they fear it may cause harm.

DDT in Malaria Control: Roberts and Tren Respond

Donald Roberts & Richard Tren | 01 Jul 2010 | Environmental Health Perspectives

Herren and Mbogo's critique of our response (Tren and Roberts 2010) to van den Berg (2009) is lacking in substance. In their letter, they attack our work by characterizing our advocacy for using DDT to control malaria as a distraction from larger malaria control issues.