13 June 2007

get off my law

environmentalists are killing babies. i think it's a moral outrage to impose conservation thinking from fat-rich-and-complacent westerners to developing countries. if we have a means of malaria prevention that works better for Uganda than DDT, we should be sharing; otherwise, back off.
Today, every single Ugandan still remains at risk. Over 10 million Ugandans are infected each year, and up to 100,000 of our mothers and children die from the disease. Recently Ugandan country music star Job Paul Kafeero died of the
disease, a reminder that no one is beyond its reach.
i think it's especially telling that WHO recommends DDT.
The U.S. banned DDT in 1972, spurred on by environmentalist Rachel Carson's 1962 book "Silent Spring." Many countries in Europe and around the world followed suit. But after decades of exhaustive scientific review, DDT has been shown to not only be safe for humans and the environment, but also the single most effective anti-malarial agent ever invented. Nothing else at any price does everything it can do. That is why the World Health Organization (WHO) has once again recommended using DDT wherever possible against malaria, alongside insecticidal nets and effective drugs.

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