May 22, 2006


Uganda Defies EU, Begins DDT Program to Fight Malaria (Paul Driessen, May 1, 2006, The Heartland Institute)

The African nation of Uganda has announced it will defy European Union threats and begin indoor spraying of DDT to battle rampant malaria.

Malaria kills more people in Uganda each year than any other disease, including AIDS and tuberculosis, which typically receive more media attention. Malaria accounts for 40 percent of all illnesses and 21 percent of deaths in Uganda's hospitals. Every year the disease kills approximately 100,000 children under five years old in the country.

"We have to kill malaria using DDT, and the matter has been settled that DDT is not harmful to humans and if used for indoor-insecticide spraying," Uganda Health Minister Jim Muhwezi told the East African on April 4. "It's the most effective and cheapest way to fight malaria." [...]

European Union officials and nongovernmental organizations, who claim DDT spraying inside Ugandan huts may result in trace levels of the chemical being found on exported Ugandan crops, threatened to restrict the import of Ugandan crops in retaliation for the nation's use of DDT.

Q: What kind of people defy bureaucrats just to save millions of lives?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 22, 2006 8:02 PM

A: Other bureaucrats in this case.

Posted by: Mörkö at May 22, 2006 8:47 PM

If it's "found on" wash it OFF!

I always wash fruits and veggies before eating them.

Posted by: Sandy P at May 22, 2006 9:09 PM

They don't use stuff that comes off in the rain.

Posted by: oj at May 22, 2006 9:21 PM

Steven Malloy at has been debunking the whole DDT myth for many years now.
Science, logic and human life have all shown the anti-DDT lobby to be without shame.

Posted by: Mike Daley at May 22, 2006 10:04 PM

Just another example of how fiercely the left and the tranzis will turn on the "oppressed" peoples the minute they step out of line. The Ugandan AIDS abstinence campaign is another one, as is the dismissal of Africans calling out for free trade rather than debt relief and hand-outs.

A story I wanted to post last week, but which was pay only, was about a small Inuit community in Arctic Quebec that has suffered years of drunken, drug-addled pathology and which was now undergoing an evangelical revival that is apparently making one heck of a difference. The parents are upset about a (white, imported) science teacher who insists on trumpeting Darwinism and teaching the kids they descended from apes. You should see how the entire national scientific community is lining up behind him to fight those forces of Christian darkness. The Inuit haven't a hope.

Posted by: Peter B at May 23, 2006 6:11 AM

We should sign a bilateral trade agreement with Uganda that includes purchasing all of their agricultural products that they can't otherwise sell.

Posted by: b at May 23, 2006 4:16 PM