Malaria and the Ddt Story

112 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2005

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Richard Tren

Africa Fighting Malaria (US)

Roger Bate

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)


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.

Keywords: malaria, mosquitoes, DDT, pesticides, environmental economics

JEL Classification: Q16, Q18, Q52, Q53, Q57

Suggested Citation

Tren, Richard and Bate, Roger, Malaria and the Ddt Story. IEA Occasional Paper No. 117, Available at SSRN: or

Richard Tren

Africa Fighting Malaria (US) ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Roger Bate (Contact Author)

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) ( email )

1150 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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