South African medical researchers have reported alarming evidence of low sperm counts and other damage to the male reproductive system linked to the use of the pesticide DDT in anti-malaria spray campaigns.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers of Health Meeting that will discuss major public health challenges facing the region started in Windhoek yesterday.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reversed a 30-year policy by endorsing the use of DDT for malaria control. The chemical is sprayed inside houses to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
A NEW medical study linking the toxic pesticide DDT to retarded brain development in young children has raised further question marks about South Africa's continued use of the chemical to eradicate malaria in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
Babies born in the U.S. to mothers emigrating from Mexico show mental and physical impairment, a UC Berkeley survey finds. Babies and toddlers of California farmworkers exposed to the insecticide DDT have neurological effects that are severe enough in some cases to slow their mental and physical development, according to research by UC Berkeley scientists published today.
The World Bank, a leader in the global effort to control malaria, has been accused of deception and medical malpractice by a group of public health doctors for failing to carry out its funding promises and wrongly claiming its programmes have been successful at cutting the death toll from the disease.
The fight against malaria has scored a major victory. The U.S. Agency for International Development has elected to use nearly half of its budget to buy proven interventions against the disease, which affects 500 million people and kills more than a million children around the world each year.
Scientists in past centuries called the sickness by the Italian phrase mal aria -- or bad air -- for the supposedly disease-bearing zephyrs wafting from swamps.
Almost daily, stories raise fears of bird flu and a looming epidemic, or worse a pandemic. Such an outbreak would clearly be devastating. However, right now another epidemic has been raging for years but hasnt gotten the attention it deserves.
UN Children's Fund (Unicef) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have appealed to development partners to increase their efforts to prevent and fight malaria, the main child killer in Mozambique.