Strike a blow against malaria, for World Malaria Day, April 25, 2010

Today is World Malaria Day.

Not a day to celebrate malaria, but to encourage the fight against it.

What can you do?  One good thing would be to give $10 to Nothing But Nets, the campaign to get bednets for every kid in an African area affected by malaria.

Bednets save lives of kids like this 4-year old - Photo by Paul Bettings/World Vision

Bednets save lives of kids like this 4-year old - Photo by Paul Bettings/World Vision

Another thing to do would be to remember that fighting malaria does not require DDT, and in fact fighting malaria might be hampered by DDT.

Go donate.  We’ll worry about the charlatans later.

5 Responses to Strike a blow against malaria, for World Malaria Day, April 25, 2010

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    That “Fighting Malaria” site is run by the anti-WHO political guys. I don’t find them credible, and if you note carefully, no serious malaria fighters endorse their claims.

    Has Africa Fighting Malaria actually ever done anything to fight malaria, other than slandering scientists?


  2. Jaycubed says:

    I will take the advice of the World Health Organization’s Doctors & scientists (rather than their political leaders); the Center for Disease Control; the Department of Infectious & Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; the Centre de Recherche Entomologique de Cotonou, Laboratoire Nationale; Africa Fighting Malaria; Doctors Without Borders, etc. over the advice from a political blog. (Or from a moron like Michael Crichton)


  3. Ed Darrell says:


    See here:

  5. And these, too:

  11. We can beat malaria handily without DDT. DDT can be a part of an integrated pest management program, but it is expensive to do it right so as to not upset the whole program, and DDT remains dangerous.

    We can’t beat malaria with DDT alone, nor with an overuse of DDT.

    DDT is not the key. DDT is not a panacea. DDT is not magic, and never has been.


  • Jaycubed says:

    You are incorrect regarding DDT and malaria prevention. DDT is still a vital part of malaria prevention programs. It is used in a very specific way, spraying inside human dwellings where the female mosquito hides during the daytime. The combination of insecticide treated mosquito netting (pyrethrins mostly) and residual DDT spraying has been responsible for the recent decrease in malaria in Africa & Asia.

    This usage of DDT is unlike the massive spraying programs tried decades ago. That massive & indiscriminate release of DDT and other poisons into environs where mosquitoes breed led to the ecological disaster (resistant mosquitoes and poisoning of other animals).

    The long lasting nature of DDT, which was a curse when applied massively & indiscriminately, becomes a positive attribute when sprayed inside human dwellings where feeding mosquitoes hide.

    (per WHO, CDC, Malaria Journal)


  • Nick K says:

    Now now, Ed, you know to have such a day for it is to celebrate it.

    Just ask Michele Bachmann who thinks that Bill Clinton participating in memorials for the Oklahoma City bombing is him celebrating it.


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