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German corporations killing children in Uganda? From the Commons Blog:
Scandalous behaviour by corporates and governments
Posted by Kendra Okonski · 13 October 2005 · DDT/Malaria ~Environmental Risk ~European Union ~Precautionary Principle
At the Campaign for Fighting Diseases website, Richard Tren, director of Africa Fighting Malaria, writes that German chemical company Bayer has supported the European Union's threats against Uganda should the country decide to use DDT in its malaria control programme.
Not only is this scandalous -- it is a major conflict of interest. Tren points out that "[A Bayer representative] sits on the board of the World Health Organization's Roll Back Malaria (RBM) coalition - as do other commercial contractors to US Agency for International Development (USAID)."
Tren is a signatory to the Kill Malarial Mosquitoes Now (KMMN) declaration, what Tren calls "A new coalition which has emerged in the US to focus the minds of USAID in their malaria control efforts."