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Regional Program of Action and Demostration of Sustainable Alternatives to DDT for Malaria Vector Control in Mexico and Central America

Background

DDT was extensively used for malaria vector control in Mexico and Central America during the 60s and 70s, but the sprayings were gradually discontinued during the 80s and 90s. The remaining stockpiles of DDT still present in the countries represent a permanent threat for the human health and the environment due to its persistence in the environment.

Successful experiences of integrated malaria vector control without the use of DDT have been developed in Mexico and several countries of Central America. The effectiveness of alternative strategies that promote community participation and collaboration between governmental institutions, NGOs, and civil groups that work at local level has been demonstrated specially in Mexico.

In the light of this situation the Pan American Health Organization - PAHO, together with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America - CEC and the ministries of health of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama designed this project in two phases: the first one, called PDF-B Phase, was developed between 2000-2002 with the objective of gathering actual information on the use of DDT as well as the malaria control strategies present in the sub-region, as well as preparing a project proposal to be submitted to the GEF; the second phase started in September 2003 with the agreement signed between UNEP and PAHO implementing the GEF funded project during the period of 3 years.

 

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