Keeping DDT in the House

A recent posting by Christine Afandi summed up succinctly most of the human health concerns about DDT.  While not downplaying human health effects, a bigger issue is, how can we keep DDT confined to the walls of homes? Shortly after Uganda announced its intentions to use DDT, neighboring Rwanda made the opposite decision and expressed… Continue reading Keeping DDT in the House

Communities Can Deliver for Malaria

The Tropical Disease Research (TDR) program of UNDP/World Bank/WHO/UNICEF piloted Community Directed Intervention (CDI) for ivermectin distribution for onchocerciasis (river blindness) control in 1995, and found that it provided greater coverage than distribution efforts organized by only the health authority. With CDI communities made decisions when and how to collect their annual ivermectin supplies, about… Continue reading Communities Can Deliver for Malaria

ACTs – Short-Term, Long-Term

Two recent articles demonstrate how countries, anxious to treat malaria cheaply with the newer artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), are exploring ways to grow Artemisia anua locally and feed that into the local pharmaceutical industry. Growing Artemisia anua in Kenya may offer local farmers a chance to ‘triple their income.’ This assumes large scale multinational commercial… Continue reading ACTs – Short-Term, Long-Term

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18 Million Nets and Counting

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) has delivered more than 18 million insecticide-treated bed nets as of December 2006. In Malawi alone, UNICEF reports nearly 4 million nets distributed since 2002 from various sources. During a campaign in May 2006, 2 million nets were distributed in Niger through IFRC, CIDA and… Continue reading 18 Million Nets and Counting

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Flatlined Spending Won’t Save African Children from Malaria

The new chairmen of the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate decided to keep U.S. government spending at its current level until October 2007. While getting rid of the porkbarrel earmarks is laudable, this action also means no new money for the President’s Malaria Initiative. Fiscal year 2007 PMI funds were going to be… Continue reading Flatlined Spending Won’t Save African Children from Malaria

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Dispel the Myths; Preventing Malaria in Pregnancy is a Priority!

Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to malaria, which can cause life-threatening anemia, low-birth weight, and even death for the infant. Yet the international public health community seems to be overlooking the risks pregnant women and their unborn children face when infected with malaria. And myths and misperceptions at the country level also hamper effective control… Continue reading Dispel the Myths; Preventing Malaria in Pregnancy is a Priority!