Monday, April 26, 2004

More Malfeasance from the UN

Malaria is a persistent problem in Africa, killing more than a million people a year. Despite the dimensions of the problems, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Agency for International Development (yeah, we're at fault as well), each of which run anti-malaria programs, apparently refuse to attack the disease with the most effective means available.

Both agencies oppose using DDT for "Indoor Residual Spraying" - a process that applies tiny amounts of the pesticide to interior walls to kill mosquitoes on contact. Additionally, these agencies apparently continue to buy and distribute anti-malaria drugs that have proven ineffective in certain areas when other, more effective choices are available.