Girl Planting seeds

The local hero protecting Papua New Guinea from DDT

Malaria is still a major cause of mortality in Papua New Guinea, with 94 per cent of the population at high risk of infection. The pesticide DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) was once a popular method of controlling vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, and other pests in Papua New Guinea, and was widely used across the health, agricultural and industrial sectors. A dangerous persistent organic pollutant targeted for elimination under the Stockholm Convention, DDT was banned in many countries where it was still in use in 1983. However, following the ban, rather than being safely disposed of, much of the DDT remaining in Papua New Guinea was left abandoned in warehouses and sheds around the country, posing a threat to both human health and the environment.  Read more.....



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