Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. In 2015, there were roughly 212 million malaria cases and an estimated 429,000 malaria deaths.
But why are the wealthy countries not affected by Malaria on this scale?
Because here in the US we sprayed DDT to kill the mosquitoes that carried malaria, and it worked fantastically. It has also worked for every other wealthy country on Earth.
DDT — dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane Ended The Nightmare
So why are poor countries seeing children die by the millions?
Because in September 1962 publication of biologist/zoologist Rachel Carson’s bestselling book, Silent Spring told people DDT was dangerous. The book was later debunked.
Only a few nations could continue with DDT against the US and the WHO but these nations bowed to pressure In the 1990s. The Clinton Administration stipulated that the passage of the NAFTA would be contingent upon Mexico’s willingness to stop its production of DDT. When Mexico ultimately agreed to abandon its DDT programs, its malaria rates increased exponentially. The United Nations was also threatening to cut off funding for poor African public-health programs.
In 1998 the World Health Organization launched a “Roll Back Malaria” (RBM) campaign, where a consortium of aid agencies, international institutions, and environmentalist groups collaborated in an effort to reduce or eliminate the use of DDT around the world.
The ban on DDT had enormous implications not only in terms of lives lost (and all the human misery that attended those deaths), but also in terms of the economic viability of the populations affected by the disease. Prior to the ban, DDT, by causing infectious-disease rates to decline so dramatically, had enabled developing countries to make economic strides that would not have been possible if malaria had continued to decimate their populations.
How safe is DDT? See for yourself, when we used it in America to end Malaria.
It’s so simple that even children understand it:
In the years immediately preceding World War II, between one and six million Americans, mostly drawn from the rural South, contracted malaria annually. In 1946, the U.S. Public Health Service initiated a campaign to wipe out malaria through the application of DDT to the interior walls of homes. In the first half of 1952, there were only two confirmed cases of malaria contracted within the United States.
Other countries that could afford it swiftly put DDT into action. In Europe, malaria was virtually eradicated by the mid-1950s. South African cases of malaria quickly dropped by 80 percent; Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) reduced its malaria incidence from 2.8 million in 1946 to 17 in 1963, and India cut its malaria death rate almost to zero. In 1955, with financial backing from the United States, the U.N. World Health Organization launched a global campaign to use DDT to eradicate malaria. Implemented successfully across large areas of the developing world, this effort soon cut malaria rates in numerous countries in Latin America and Asia by 99 percent or better.