Give me DDT To Save Fifty Million Lives from Malaria: Give me Life before Food. Remigius Okea; MD, MPH (ScM.D): American Academy of Primary Care Research Presented at the AAPCR 1st Tropical Disease Global Faculty Conference, Seeking Innovation for the Eradication of Tropical Disease Print

Name :  Remigius Okea

Date  :  02-Jun-2013

Remigius Okea

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Introduction:

Malaria and DDT:

Malaria ravaged the whole world and before 1949 it was endemic in the United States; that year CDC declared malaria eradicated from the USA. It was also eradicated from most of the western countries before 1970 through an aggressive eradication program aided by the use of DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane).

 

Perspectives:

 Today according to the WHO World Malaria Report 2005 3.2 billion people live in 107 Malaria endemic countries and are at risk. About 350 to 500 million cases are reported each year and of these, nearly1.5 million deaths are reported yearly. These figures may be under-reported in some countries. About 60% of reported cases and 80% of deaths worldwide occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many have argued that the ban on DDT in 1972 is blamed for over 50 million deaths (mainly African Children under-fives).

 

Conclusion:

However, it is not just the ban on DDT in the USA in 1972 that should be blamed, but the actions of the WHO that abandoned eradication of malaria and replaced it with a mare palliative control program in 1978, thereby exerting overwhelming influence on many health policies around the world that heavily depended on foreign funds and programs and that trusted WHO to represent their interests. Surely some people have played 'gods' with the lives of children in Africa.