This document is a overview on lindane. It provides background on the health effects of lindane, the mechanisms through which people and the environment are exposed, and alternatives to its use. It also includes an extensive list of trade names for lindane.
DDT is a pesticide that was used heavily worldwide in the 1950s and 1960s both in agricultural production and for malaria control. Concerns about impacts on wildlife populations—particularly predatory birds—led to the phaseout of DDT in many countries in the 1970s. Use of the pesticide for malaria control has continued in some regions, though most countries now rely on combinations of other control methods.