Thursday, August 02, 2007

DDT, Malaria and the eco-system

Patience Wanga on the history of the banned pesticide, its effects on human hormones, and the environment.

Long before DDT landed, the developed world had in 1800s succeeded in reducing malaria cases by intensive draining of millponds and swamps. Countries that use DDT and those that employ other weapons in the fight against Malaria seem to show equivalent progress in controlling the effects of the parasite. In our country, without the necessary debate or policy, we are torn between pushing for a total ban on DDT and allowing its continued use regardless of the detriment to the environment and the people. Meanwhile, Malaria continues to kill far more Kenyans than HIV-AIDS every year.

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