In The News:
Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental
Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) - Budapest, Hungary
A broad coalition of health and toxics experts from every continent called on the World Health Organization to reverse its aggressive promotion of DDT for malaria control and expressed outrage at the agency for a statement giving DDT spraying inside people¬'s homes a ¬"clean bill of health.¬"
The 5th Inter-governmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS), now in its third day of proceedings, got off to a good start on Monday 25th morning with outgoing President, Dr Suwit Wibulpolpraset placing the need for transparency, punctuality, equality and mutual respect, and willingness to listen to the viewpoints of others, as crucial elements for the success of the Forum¬'s proceedings.
NGOs delegates from various organisations gathered on the steps of the Budapest Congress and World Trade Centre, venue of the 5th Inter-governmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS), to protest the new promotion of DDT that is the centerpiece of the World Health Organisation¬'s ¬'Roll Back Malaria Campaign¬'.
Dr. Romeo Quijano of PAN Philippines took the WHO to task asserting, ¬"It practically dismisses the overwhelming evidence accumulated over the years by various scientific bodies, including WHO sponsored technical groups¬".
Paper of Sarojeni Rengam of PAN AP explains why action should be taken to reduce risk from chemicals in the face of uncertain but suggestive evidence of harm.
Paper of Sarojeni Rengam of PAN AP makes the case that health and environmental protection leads to poverty reduction and attainment of the Millenium Development Goals.
Community Struggles Against Pesticides
A Poisoned Village (Effects of pesticide use in a banana plantation)
Kamukhaan Revisited: Heaven's Antidote to Pesticide Poisoning
"Almost seven years later, ground and aerial spraying of pesticides continue unabated, forcing some residents to flee in search of a different livelihood, or else find a more creative means of earning a living..."
Toxicologist Dr. Romeo Quijano, president of Pesticide Action Network Philippines, is a recipient of the 2005 Jenifer Altman Award