A Health Plan for the G8: Focus on How Funds Are Spent

Roger Bate & Philip Coticelli | 06 Jun 2007 |

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria was established in 2002 to procure health commodities for the poor. The U.S. taxpayer is the largest contributor, accounting for about a third of the $10 billion the fund has raised to date. This money has put 1.1 million people on HIV/AIDS drugs, treated 2.8 million cases of tuberculosis and distributed 30 million insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). It claims to have saved 1.8 million lives, a figure it is touting at this week's G8 Summit of the world's most powerful governments in Germany. It is asking for $15 billion more by 2010. While it has probably helped countries make progress against disease—if not as much as it claims—persistent problems should be addressed before G8 leaders increase global taxpayer contributions.

Robert Zoellick's Health Challenge at the World Bank

Roger Bate | 05 Jun 2007 |

AFM's Roger Bate comments on Robert Zoellick's new role as head of the World Bank. He suggests, "To make people healthier, he should step back and let other organizations take the lead".

Publicise the truth about DDT

Carlos Odora | 31 May 2007 | New Vision

It is good to remind ourselves that DDT was internationally used in the 1950s and 1960s during a time of unprecedented population growth and wealth creation. Wherever DDT has been used, death and disease rates have fallen.

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.

Whither Idol's Money?

Philip Coticelli | 22 May 2007 | New York Sun

American Idol's "Idol Gives Back" special on April 24 and 25 helped raise over $60 million to fight poverty in America and Africa. As season five comes to a close tomorrow, fans should be asking where their money went and what the impact on poverty will be.

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.

Malaria still a big problem in Uganda

Carlos Odora | 25 Apr 2007 | New Vision

Malaria kills 320 Ugandans everyday and accounts for the highest percentage of the total number of patients visiting hospitals. There is more money and political will to tackle the disease as observed in the recent creation of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. However, funds alone will not solve the problem because it is a complex disease and controlling it means that we must use all interventions and that partners must work together.

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.