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> Malaria Control: USAID Style

  • USAID is perfectly aware of the dangers of DDT, yet the chemical is still strongly recommended by the agency:

“Fetal mortality or adverse reproductive effects of fetuses as a result of exposure to DDT would be an unavoidable risk of the IRS program.”

USAID, Mozambique, 2007 

  • USAID was also criticized harshly for spending 95% of its malaria budget on highly-paid consultants, and 5% on medicines, nets and insecticides

[Donald G. | New York Times Distribution of Nets Splits Malaria Fighters, p.online | 10/09/2007 | Accessed 10-18-07 ~ http://www.nyt.com !DJC]

Two years ago, social marketing was at the heart of a scandal when it was revealed that the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, which distributes foreign aid, was spending 95 percent of its malaria budget on consultants and 5 percent on goods like nets, drugs and insecticide. Under attack from several senators championing the fight against malaria, the agency later announced that it would spend at least half its budget on goods. Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, called the new W.H.O. policy “a great move,” adding, “We knew social marketing doesn’t work.”

  • The agency’s famously failed attempt at distributing bednets has also been in the spotlight:

Common sense would call into question the wisdom of selling bednets to people who survive on less than $1 a day.  For the average person, purchasing a bednet was out of the question.

 

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