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CLOSED: Roundtable: DDT and Malaria Control : 12 November 2010

November 11, 2010 - 19:20 -- MalariaWorld Events

Date: 12 November 2010
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland
Time: 13.00 - 15.30 hrs

The world agrees that DDT poses risks for human health and the environment, but it continues to be the most produced and used persistent organic pollutant pesticide listed in the Stockholm Convention (2004). At the same time resistance of targeted insects against DDT and other chemicals is being observed. National health authorities are allowed to use it against mosquitoes transmitting malaria under the control of the World Health Organization. Today, there are about 20 countries that either use DDT or wish to use it if deemed necessary.

To support the phase-out of DDT, the Parties to the Stockholm Convention decided to launch a Global Alliance of all stakeholders (governments, IGOs, NGOs, chemical industry) for the development and deployment of products, methods and strategies as alternatives to DDT.

As the Stockholm Convention DDT Expert Group meets in Geneva (10-12 Nov.) and prepares new recommendations to the Parties of the Convention on the use of DDT and alternatives for disease vector control, we invite you to an encounter and dialogue on the use of DDT in the face of safe and effective malaria control. Panelists include representatives of International Organisations, Governments, Research Institutions, NGOs and the Industry.

The encounter will be held at the International Environment House II, Rooms Rhin-Aare, 9-15 Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Châtelaine, in Geneva on 12th November 13:00-15:30. The encounter is hosted by Biovision, icipe and the Millennium Institute with the support of the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention.

If you require more information about the encounter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Contact: Fabrice Boulé, Media21:  fboule@media21geneva.org
tel. +41 78 661 32 76

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The world does not agree that DDT poses risk for human health and environment. There is plenty of sound evidence to counter that assumption regarding its use as a public health tool. While the search for cheaper, effective alternatives is indeed necessary and laudable in the light of emerging resistance to DDT and pyrethroids, we should be careful to temper the significant financial and lobbying power of the green movement with the reminder that malaria remains a real threat to the lives of many in Africa. There is always a risk when this kind of encounters are held in locations where the war against malaria was successfully concluded shortly after the second world war, thus silencing the voices of those still engaged against this formidable foe in the tropical setting. The inadvertent result has been the equating of "green power" to "black death", a preposition that taints the worthy ideals and aspirations of the Stockholm convention and other green initiatives.

- Robert M. Karanja