Malaria and the DDT Story
Africa Fighting Malaria (US)
American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
IEA Occasional Paper No. 117
Malaria kills millions of people each year and hundreds of millions more suffer chronic illness. Economic development is inhibited and poverty is perpetuated.
Tren and Bate argue that action against malaria is over-centralised and narrowly focused, ignoring local conditions and concerns. Health agencies in developing countries and some companies are trying to stem a resurgent tide of malaria. Their work is, however, hampered by pressure from environmentalist groups and donor agencies which still crusade against the use of DDT and which have won a partial victory under the POPs (persistent organic pollutants) convention. A continuing anit-DDT campaign would have as its victims people in some of the world's poorest countries.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 112
Keywords: malaria, mosquitoes, DDT, pesticides, environmental economics
JEL Classification: Q16, Q18, Q52, Q53, Q57
Date posted: March 19, 2005