I'm furious. It didn't have to happen. My son didn't have to die. There has been a way to eliminate Malaria that has been available for over 70 years. In fact, the United States and Europe have used it to eliminate this pestilence in their respective countries. In fact, the man who found out it's usefulness received the Nobel Prize since this substance was estimated to have saved over 500,000,000 lives around the world. It's a substance that is cheap to manufacture. It not only kills the mosquitos that transmit malaria but it repels and irritates them so that the majority of insects don't even want to go anywhere near where it has been sprayed. The Anopheles mosquitos that carry the malaria parasite therefore don't get their blood meal necessary to reproduce and slowly die out. Even if the mosquitos are resistant to the powder, it still works by repelling and irritating so that malaria transmission virtually stops. And is lasts a long time. One spray on house walls every 6 months is all it takes to keep the mosquitos carrying the deadliest disease on the planet away from the women and children (and men) sleeping peacefully inside.
At the levels used to control malaria, the substance is not dangerous to humans or the environment. In fact, there has not been a single reported human death as a result of environmental exposure to the insecticide.
Did I mention that it's dirt cheap to produce and was used successfully by the
USA, Italy, Taiwan and other "developed" countries to completely eliminate malaria (which was once a major killer in these places)?
And yet, because of political maneuvering, fierce attacks by the EPA, propaganda, and a pack of lies this substance was banned in most countries. Even though still authorized by the Stockholm Convention for use in malaria control with Indoor Residual Spraying, this material has gained such an unwarranted, nasty reputation that it is hardly used at all in favor of ineffective methods such as impregnated mosquito nets, treatment with anti-malarial medications, drug prophylaxis and research into vaccines.
If this miracle powder had been used like it should have been over the last 70 years the world would be all but rid of a disease that kills millions per year in the developing world...including my 6 month old twin boy, Adam.
It's time to take another look at DDT and bring it back, it's literally killing me that this insecticide is available yet I can't get my hands on it because of political maneuvering and scare tactics by people sitting comfortably in
air-conditioned, malaria free zones making decisions to help control the
population explosion (actually an argument used by one of the people fighting to get DDT banned) by letting the poor of the world continue to die of malaria!
If you want solid info on the debate, look up the book "The Excellent Powder:
DDT's Political and Scientific History".