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01 June 2007


Damas Ogwe

Malaria is indeed a major killer in East Africa. there is a campaign in Kenya targeting pregnant women and children under 5 years who are considered to be at greater risk.

Malaria is not just a health problem-it is an economic problem as well. Many work hours lost due to sick leaves attributed to malaria impacts negatively on profitability, significant portions of incomes are spent on treatment and management of malaria etc.

There is a campaign in Kenya to encourage use of treated mosquito nets.These are provided at subsidized costs of Kshs 50.00(about USD 0.70) But this may not be a foolproof solution, if you ask yourself the following question as I regularly do, 'How many hours do we spend inside a mosquito net, whether treated or not?'

Anti-malaria campaigns should involve provision of nets, free medication (this is already in place in Kenyan public health institutions) and the eradication of the anopheles mosquito.

We are being taken through arguments against use of DDT in mosquito eradication. In as much as DDT may have some negative effects on the environment, the begging question is , 'what other options do we have?' or 'Must we sit back and watch our children, brothers, sisters, parents, friends and neighbors succumb to malaria?'

DDT has been successfully used in other continents, its side effects notwithstanding. Which is a better evil?, 'use DDT to prevent malaria' or 'avoid DDT and perish'

Damas Ogwe
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Ugunja Community Resource Centre
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Rina Mukherji

DDT has indeed been proven to be dangerous to the environment. But a good antidote is Neem, which is always planted in gardens or in the vicinity of homes in India to keep pests away. Neem is eaten all over India in the summer months to keep prickly heat and skin problems away, while neem leaves are recommended by medical practitioners to speed up the healing of pox and measles. Neem is today being used for organic manure too. Perhaps, Africa should also use Neem.


Hey, just googled you!!
Read your article. and you are right...actually you have just made me realise that malaria only disturbs poor countries
i hear mbo you can die of malaria while in the USA coz it is an extinct disease there. They dont have drugs for it it doesnt exist.. so you will be isolated before they can "study you" and import drugs for your treatment!!!!

Happy new year and hope you are having a ball at work

So are you still taking me to Addis Ababa .....i have a CRAVING!!!!

Am online now

Sandals Online

All that you do, do with your might; things done by halves are never done right.

Paul Smith

Merci beaucoup pour votre article.

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