DDT “costly for Uganda”


To aid researchers looking for news from Africa on malaria and DDT, I’ll reproduce the entire news story from Uganda’s New Vision here.  Stories from this outlet frequently trouble me, in the unquestioning way writers take quotes from people where a more probing reporter might be more skeptical.  I am not sure of the status of New Vision among Uganda’s media, but it’s one of the few available to us here on a regular basis.

So, here’s the story, on DDT usage to fight malaria.  A couple of points we need to remember:  First, it’s clear that DDT is not banned in Uganda, and that DDT usage goes on, despite the crocodile tears of Richard Tren, Roger Bate, and the Africa Fighting Malaria, Astroturf™ group; second, this story relates difficulties in using DDT, including cost.  It’s not that the stuff itself is expensive.  DDT doesn’t work on all mosquitoes anymore, and it’s dangerous to much other wildlife.  Malaria fighters must do serious work in advance to be sure the populations of mosquitoes targeted will be reduced by DDT — that is, that the bugs are not immune to DDT — and care must be taken to control the applications, to be sure it’s applied in great enough concentrations, and only indoors, where it won’t contaminate the wild.

Here’s the story from New Visions:

DDT spraying costly for Uganda

Tuesday, 5th July, 2011

By Raymond Baguma and Gerald Kawemba

INDOOR residual spraying as a strategy to control malaria in Uganda is too costly and has affected the programme countrywide.

According to Dr. Seraphine Adibaku, the head of the Malaria Control Programme, this is why other malaria control strategies such as use of insecticide-treated nets and Artemisinin-based combination therapy are considered to be ahead of indoor residual spraying.

The Government is implementing the indoor residual spraying using pyrethrum-based and carbon-based insecticides in 10 malaria-endemic districts in the northern and eastern regions.

They include Amolatar, Apac, Kitgum, Kumi and Bukedea.

“About three million people in the 10 districts have been covered. We have reached over 90% of the population,” Adibaku said.

She added that under the Presidential Malaria Initiative, the budget for indoor residual spraying is sh4.5b per district each year.

Adibaku said it would be much cheaper if the ministry distributed insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

She, however, said indoor spraying has an advantage of delivering immediate impact compared to treated nets.

Adibaku disclosed that the health ministry is re-evaluating the effectiveness of using DDT for malaria control.

Dr. Joaquim Saweka, the World Health Organisation (WHO) resident representative in Uganda, said indoor residual spraying is highly effective and has been successful in Zanzibar and Rwanda.

He, however, added that it is capital intensive and needs a lot of money for each application done twice a year.

Saweka cited his previous posting in Ghana during which a town of 300,000 inhabitants required $3m for spraying each year.

He said with the high cost of spraying and low financial resources available, Uganda needs to prioritise usage of insecticide-treated mosquito nets.

Saweka added that Uganda is on the right path to eradicating malaria with efforts in prevention, diagnosis and treatment as well as universal coverage of insecticide-treated nets.

Health minister Dr. Richard Nduhura yesterday kicked off a nationwide programme to distribute 11,000 bicycles to health volunteers who will diagnose and treat malaria in homes. The programme is supported by the Global Fund.

It is part of the Government’s home-based management of malaria, which is part of a larger national strategy to deliver treatment to children within 24 hours after diagnosis.

 

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6 Responses to DDT “costly for Uganda”

  1. Pangolin says:

    Thanks Ed; I was prepared to offer a google-slap to the troll but I see a true master has left me flat footed.

    Google shopping reveals that Bat guano sells for up to $10/lb retail.

    Recorded guano harvests from a single bat tower are up to two tons per year. At bagged bulk values of $1/lb a farmer or landowner in Africa that had a successful bat colony could show a substantial increase in income above and beyond the values of pest control.

    Reality does seem to elude our conservative brethren.

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Dear William and Norah:

    So, you are the guys who keep spanning me with those massive files? Generally, I don’t deal with terrorists or spammers — especially those who refuse polite requests to get off the mailing lists (you do realize, I suppose, that your spamming actions are mildly illegal in the U.S. — but you don’t give a bat crap about the law, do you).

    We will let it suffice to note that you come into this discussion without clean hands. Spammers have no rhetorical reputation to aid them in their cases.

    And now that we know the moral depravity from which you come, perhaps we can understand some of the rest of your ravings better. We don’t like them any more, but we understand.

    If some lunatics truly believe that bats will help in the control of malaria in Africa, then they are truly DELUDED lunatics.

    It’s not a question of evidence. We don’t worship bats, nor do we regard DDT as sacred wine — it’s always an issue of what the evidence shows. No belief, just fact.

    Yes, all the evidence shows that bats are very effective at helping control mosquitoes. One of the sad ironies of DDT is that it nearly wiped out bat colonies, the same bats who, for free, fought disease-carrying mosquitoes. Bats are particularly effective against malaria-carrying mosquitoes because they feed at the same times that the mosquitoes feed.

    Not an issue of belief. Unlike DDT-worshippers and other true lunatics, we’ll let the facts, and Mother Nature, speak for themselves.

    We truly are facing a hostile and deluded ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method.

    I doubt it. In any case, we’re talking science here, with some history and law thrown in. In science we face a hostile and deluded ideology, probably global in scope, immoral or at least ungrounded in good ethics or good character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method. It’s a concerted, too-well-funded global effort to lie about science, scientists, health care workers, Rachel Carson, malaria, mosquitoes and DDT.

    Lady and gentleman, you’ve been suckered in by that group, and you’re doing their bidding. If you’re not being paid as munificently as Richard Tren and Roger Bate, we cannot even accuse you of being professionals at it — which is worse. We have a word for people who compromise themselves for pay, and another for those who do it for free. Neither word is flattering.

    Fortunately for the forces for good and truth, God hobbles the professionals and other untruth tellers, so we can see them coming. They appear congenitally unable to tell the truth, nor can they keep their facts straight, so their lies would make sense.

    And countries like Africa become the BIG loser.

    See? You’re limping. Africa isn’t a country. It’s a continent, one of our largest, containing more than 50 countries. Africa has a wide variety of climates and ecosystems. It’s generally a bad idea to talk about Africa as one place. As between the U.S. and Canada, or Canada and Mexico, what works in one place won’t work in the other, due to climate, geography, and human political systems.

    But you reveal your hobbling, and we recognize your type and kin.

    For those people with some semblance of rationality, please consult the reports from NORAHG, Force Of Nature, Pesticide Truths, and Uncle Adolph.

    They are INDEPENDENT NON-PROFIT organizations.

    The contributors to Force Of Nature and Pesticides Truths, and its various fore-runners, have followed the history of LUNATIC-ENVIRONMENTAL-TERRORISM for over a quarter century, as early as 1982.

    Long-standing error is not more virtuous than new error. If you’ve been wrong since 1982, you’ve obviously missed thousands of opportunties to get the facts and fix your your errors. Not good.

    Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, was published 20 years before you started out. She had 20 years of data already on the problems of DDT by then — so you’re 40 years behind the science, 30 years ago. You’re 70 years behind already.

    It’s your limp. You can’t traverse the library fast enough with that hobbling.

    Force Of Nature and Pesticides Truths Reports present THE WHOLE TRUTH FROM AN INDEPENDENT PERSPECTIVE from National Organization Responding Against HUJE that seek to harm the Green Space Industry ( NORAHG ) and from Uncle Adolph.

    If there is truth in any of the reams of garbage you guys spam, you’ve hidden it very, very well. Most of your publications are minor regurgitations of gross error hidden in massive .pdf files containing mostly purloined photographs and other artwork, completely irrelevant to the issues you carom off.

    Force Of Nature and Pesticides Truths contain a series of reports destined for the green space industry, the environmental terrorist movement, governments, and the media, nationwide across Canada, the United States, and overseas.

    So, you confess to being an environmental terrorist! One factoid does not make a truth teller, however.

    Many of these reports provide a sequence of historical events WITH COMMENTARY, the neutrality of which might be disputed.

    These reports contain loads of information concerning Africa, malaria, DDT, and other environmental issues.

    The Pesticide Truths web site has a Library of Reports contains all Force Of Nature Reports, as well as other useful information with Library, History, Links, News, and Videos.

    Dear reader, you’d do well to get a copy of Rachel Carson’s 1962 book — it’s more up to date than much of the rantings of FON, and much more truthful. Plus, it’s well written (good literature is always a commendation), and it will take up much less room on your shelf.

    Truth and brevity — take Rachel Carson any day over FON (who should never be confused with a fawn, nor with Fonzie).

    It is a LINK DATABASE created to support efforts to fight and exterminate the Environmental-Lunatic-Vermin with reports developed for the education and entertainment of the reader.

    The LINK DATABASE is managed by Uncle Adolph, which is also responsible for the posting of information right-off-the-press.

    THE LIBRARY OF REPORTS contains Library, History, Links, News, Audios, and Videos with ALL Force Of Nature and Pesticide Truths reports, and information right-off-the-press, in Black & White Documents

    http://pesticidetruths.com/
    &
    http://uncleadolph.blogspot.com/

    Dear Reader, if you visit those sites, you are in danger of spam attacks from Uncle Adolph and Pesticide Truths, who should be indicted for false advertising due to their name.

    Be warned. I wish I had been.

    QUICK DOWNLOAD of ALL FON Reports in Full Colour Documents

    http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/

    I won’t vouch for virus-freedom there, either. Beware, Dear Reader.

    If any reader has half-a-brain, they will read through these documents and realize that neither bats, nor bat guano, is the solution for Africa.

    Frankly, I think this insult to people with hemispherectomies is uncalled for. People with whole brains, and everyone I know with just a half-brain, can read the rich literature on the values of natural predators in controlling problem insects, including bats. The value of guano is undisputed by thinking people, including even Millard Fillmore.

    ARCHIVED DOCUMENTS, AUDIO CLIPS, and VIDEOS on ALL reports can also be requested individually, at no cost.

    Moreover, the ENTIRE Library of FON Reports is available on DVD at no cost.

    You price it according to what it’s worth. The path to trustworthiness begins with the single step of telling the truth once.

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  3. If some lunatics truly believe that bats will help in the control of malaria in Africa, then they are truly DELUDED lunatics.

    We truly are facing a hostile and deluded ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method.

    And countries like Africa become the BIG loser.

    For those people with some semblance of rationality, please consult the reports from NORAHG, Force Of Nature, Pesticide Truths, and Uncle Adolph.

    They are INDEPENDENT NON-PROFIT organizations.

    The contributors to Force Of Nature and Pesticides Truths, and its various fore-runners, have followed the history of LUNATIC-ENVIRONMENTAL-TERRORISM for over a quarter century, as early as 1982.

    Force Of Nature and Pesticides Truths Reports present THE WHOLE TRUTH FROM AN INDEPENDENT PERSPECTIVE from National Organization Responding Against HUJE that seek to harm the Green Space Industry ( NORAHG ) and from Uncle Adolph.

    Force Of Nature and Pesticides Truths contain a series of reports destined for the green space industry, the environmental terrorist movement, governments, and the media, nationwide across Canada, the United States, and overseas.

    Many of these reports provide a sequence of historical events WITH COMMENTARY, the neutrality of which might be disputed.

    These reports contain loads of information concerning Africa, malaria, DDT, and other environmental issues.

    The Pesticide Truths web site has a Library of Reports contains all Force Of Nature Reports, as well as other useful information with Library, History, Links, News, and Videos.

    It is a LINK DATABASE created to support efforts to fight and exterminate the Environmental-Lunatic-Vermin with reports developed for the education and entertainment of the reader.

    The LINK DATABASE is managed by Uncle Adolph, which is also responsible for the posting of information right-off-the-press.

    THE LIBRARY OF REPORTS contains Library, History, Links, News, Audios, and Videos with ALL Force Of Nature and Pesticide Truths reports, and information right-off-the-press, in Black & White Documents

    http://pesticidetruths.com/
    &
    http://uncleadolph.blogspot.com/

    QUICK DOWNLOAD of ALL FON Reports in Full Colour Documents

    http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/

    If any reader has half-a-brain, they will read through these documents and realize that neither bats, nor bat guano, is the solution for Africa.

    ARCHIVED DOCUMENTS, AUDIO CLIPS, and VIDEOS on ALL reports can also be requested individually, at no cost.

    Moreover, the ENTIRE Library of FON Reports is available on DVD at no cost.

    William H. Gathercole and Norah G

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  4. Pangolin says:

    There is a malaria control strategy that is not only low cost but can produce a profit in the form of valuable fertilizer and agricultural pest control.

    Bats.

    Build appropriate shelters for you local bat species and they will take up residence and quickly have the local mosquito population under control. They are also quite fond of common crop pest insects such as the the european corn-borer moth.

    Bat guano, collected yearly under bat houses is extremely concentrated and valuable fertilizer. see: http://www.batcon.org/

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  5. Ellie says:

    Let me guess….William and Norah didn’t actually read what was posted, they just found a good spot to place a link to their website.

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  6. DDT is costly !

    When compared to what ?

    Malaria acutely afflicts MORE THAN 515 MILLION PEOPLE PER YEAR.

    515 MILLION PEOPLE is MORE PEOPLE than live in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, combined.

    Ya think it might cost a few bucks to get under control ?

    No wonder environmentalists are considered to be lunatics with depraved indifference !

    And yet, these same lunatics will support billions of dollars to be spent on so-called global warming, which is NOT deemed as too costly.

    For more information, go to …

    THE LIBRARY OF REPORTS
    Library, History, Links, News, and Videos
    including ALL FON Reports
    in Black & White Documents

    http://pesticidetruths.com/
    &
    http://uncleadolph.blogspot.com/

    QUICK DOWNLOAD
    of ALL FON Reports
    in Full Colour Documents

    http://pesticidetruths.com/toc/

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