If environmentalists get their way, one of the key weapons in the fight against malaria will be banned before any real alternative is available, with devastating effects.
Every year, malaria sickens more than 200-million people and kills about 600,000. Most of these cases and deaths occur in Africa and in women and children younger than five. Malaria cases and deaths have been falling in Africa due to the increased use of insecticides and better drug treatments.
Malaria-control programme managers fight not only against the wily mosquito and malaria parasite that are constantly evolving, but also against fellow humans with vested interests. Earlier this month, the Stockholm Convention convened its sixth Conference of Parties (COP-6) in Geneva.
The convention oversees the banning or control of various chemicals, known as persistent organic pollutants, that are either used in industry or agriculture. One of these, the insecticide DDT, is used in malaria control in several countries. The fact that DDT saves lives every day has pitted environmentalists against the public health community. So far, public health has prevailed, but the forces allied against this insecticide are powerful, well funded and determined. more »
The explosion of cross-border business activity bodes well for Africa and its citizens, but health experts warn that companies associated with emerging industries are ill-prepared and some times unaware of the risk posed by malaria.
In early 2013 a batch of falsified Coartem was discovered in Yaoundé, Cameroon, containing no active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Evaluation of the 2011 long-lasting, insecticide-treated net distribution for universal coverage in Togo
Malaria remains a substantial public health problem in Togo. An integrated child health campaign was conducted in Togo in October 2011. This campaign included a component of free distribution of 2,799,800 long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) to households throughout Togo.
Mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite are more attracted to human body odour than uninfected insects, a study suggests.
Substantial stocks of the insecticide DDT on the ocean floor off Los Angeles have all but vanished.
In January, the European Commission advised the EU not to use neonicotinoids, a relatively new class of agricultural insecticides.
Disabling a unique signalling protein puts the brakes on the life cycle of the malaria parasite, a new study reports.
It may be tempting to think that higher temperatures will lead to more mosquitoes and therefore to more malaria...Read more »
Threatened reductions in foreign aid from the European Union and its struggling governments could undermine efforts to combat malaria, international health experts say.
Mosquitoes are deadly efficient disease transmitters. Research conducted at Michigan State University, however, demonstrates that they also can be equally adept in curing diseases such as malaria.
While it is advisable to be wary of malaria, experts agree that it is unlikely that the region is on the verge of an outbreak.
On this episode of Eye to Eye, I had the opportunity to interview Richard Tren, a leading proponent for the use of DDT in the fight against the deadly disease malaria.
Malaria remains one of the leading killer diseases in the world, and the infection rate in Africa especially sub-Saharan Africa remains the highest in the world.Read more »
Over-diagnosis of malaria by microscopy in the Kilombero Valley, Southern Tanzania: an evaluation of the utility and cost-effectiveness of rapid diagnostic tests
Early and accurate diagnosis of febrile patients is essential to treat uncomplicated malaria cases properly, prevent severe malaria, and avert unnecessary anti-malarial treatments.
Vector-control personnel's knowledge, perceptions and practices towards insecticides used for indoor residual spraying in Limpopo Province, South Africa
Contradictory arguments regarding the benefits and harm of insecticides, especially DDT, have caused concerns in different societal circles, threatening to undermine the achievements of the indoor residual spraying (IRS) programme in South Africa.
Treatment of fevers prior to introducing rapid diagnostic tests for malaria in registered drug shops in Uganda
Since drug shops play an important role in treatment of fever, introducing rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria at drug shops may have the potential of targeting anti-malarial drugs to those with malaria parasites and improve rational drug use
Verification of clinically diagnosed cases during malaria elimination programme in Guizhou Province of China
China is implementing a National Malaria Elimination Programme.
Challenges for malaria elimination in Zanzibar: pyrethroid resistance in malaria vectors and poor performance of long-lasting insecticide nets
The sustainability of the gains achieved in malaria control in Zanzibar is seriously threatened by the resistance of malaria vectors to pyrethroids and the short-lived efficacy of LLINs.Read more »