African countries adopt DDT–Used By Europe–for Mosquito Eradication to Stop Malaria

  • The western world used and uses DDT to kill off its mosquito’s then banned Africa from using it

  • DDT wipes off all virtually all mosquito’s and used concomitantly, ends breeding leading to a mosquito free environment

July 17, 2013

Amidst staggering mortality and morbidity rates due to malaria in the African continent, African Heads of State and Government have adopted the use of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), a controversial chemical, as the means of eradicating malaria in the continent, This came after several debates which commenced Wednesday July 10 at a meeting of Health Ministers of various African countries; and continued at meetings of Ambassadors and members of the Permanent Representative Council of the African Union on July 12.

The final decision for DDT adoption was arrived at after another round of debate on Tuesday July 16, during a meeting of the African heads of state and government, which ended same day. However, long before its adoption by African leaders, concerns have been raised about the negative impact of the chemical on the health of humans.

DDT is a tasteless, colourless chemical that was successfully used in the second half of World War II to control malaria among civilians and troops. It was then regarded as a contact poison against several arthropods; hence, was also used as an agricultural insecticide, while its production and use skyrocketed. Source: