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Working Together To Beat Malaria

For half of our world, every day is a fight against malaria. This devastating disease causes sickness and death, reduces productivity, fuels poverty and creates hunger, especially in impoverished, rural farming communities. We will connect the smartest minds in public health and science to be a force for change. I am truly optimistic that we can be the generation to end malaria.

Saori Dubourg, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE
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Mosquitoes and bed bugs – unfortunate bedfellows in the fight against malaria

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Interview with Dr Aimable Mbituyumuremyi

Malaria Program Manager at Rwanda Biomedical Centre

Malaria Program in Rwanda

“The bed bug is an insect that, like the mosquito, feeds off humans and makes its home in our homes. They are a problem worldwide and, although they do not transmit disease, their bite can be unpleasant, leaving itchy bumps. It can be alarming if you or your child suffers hundreds of bites.” Dr Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, Malaria Program Manager at Rwanda Biomedical Centre, explains how the team overcame the difficulties of launching Interceptor® G2 net during a global pandemic and misconceptions about bed bugs and bed nets.

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Every year, more than one billion people suffer from mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile Virus and yellow fever. Malaria alone affects over 200 million people and kills 435,000 every year. Thanks to concerted global action and investment, malaria cases have fallen by 18% since 2010 and death rates by 29%. An estimated 6.8 million lives, primarily young children, have been saved since 2001. But although progress has been made, diseases transmitted by insect vectors such as mosquitoes, remain a global threat. Join BASF in the fight against disease. Read how controlling the mosquitoes and insects that spread these illnesses is a critical investment in the future; resulting in fewer sick people, better school attendance, stronger economies and a healthier, brighter future for entire communities.

Read more information about malaria in the latest WHO World Malaria Report

Values create value

The mission of BASF’s Public Health business is to improve the quality of life for people around the globe through disease prevention. We accomplish this goal by working with the international community, including international health, government and humanitarian organizations, to provide innovative vector control products and programs.

 

Commitment to sustainable development

As the world’s leading chemical company, we recognize that sustainable development is central to our long-term growth. That’s why sustainability is an integral part of BASF’s strategy. For us, sustainable enterprise means combining long-term oriented economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a future worth living for coming generations.

 

BASF has been recognized for its commitment to furthering this critical mission. A founding member of the United Nations Global Compact and Global Compact LEAD, a new platform established in 2011 for corporate sustainability leadership, BASF has also been recognized by non-profit organization CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) as an 'A-list' global leader in corporate water security and climate action. Our Public Health team is active in the international malaria community, representing BASF on numerous taskforces, including the World Health Organization malaria policy group and working groups on neglected tropical diseases, integrated vector management and long-lasting insecticidal nets.

 

Powerhouse behind our expertise

BASF's Public Health business is part of the Agricultural Solutions division and benefits from the innovative strength of an extensive research and development pipeline and global expertise in insecticides. The division is a leading partner to the farming industry providing a broad portfolio of fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and biological crop protection products, as well as seeds, traits, seed treatment products and digital solutions to improve crop yields and quality. It also provides innovative solutions for professional pest control, turf and landscape management, horticulture, and public health.  At BASF, we believe that science can be part of the solution to the increasingly complex challenges of feeding and protecting a growing population. Our aspiration is to find the right balance for success to enable farmers, agriculture and future generations to flourish.

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Prevention

BASF's public health products - long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets, indoor residual wall sprays and larvicides - protect people, day and night from the mosquitoes that spread disease.  

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Partnership

BASF partners with development and aid organizations that are trying to put an end to vector-borne disease and improve health systems in countries affected by these debilitating illnesses.

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Product Innovation

Mosquitoes are becoming resistant to existing insecticides. BASF is launching a new generation of products to combat mosquito-borne disease.

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Collaborating to combat insecticide resistance

BASF, MedAccess and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced an agreement to facilitate the supply of 35 million Interceptor® G2 mosquito nets to countries where insecticide resistance is hindering the fight against malaria. The four-year agreement accelerates access to this innovative new mosquito-control technology to communities with the greatest needs.

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8 Million Nets In Mali

In times of crisis, preventing malaria helps to protect fragile health systems. In Mali, our partner PSI distributed nearly 8 million mosquito nets in the midst of the pandemic – protecting one-third of the population before the rainy season. We are proud to be part of this great initiative with our innovative Dual AI net Interceptor® G2.

Read how they did it

Our partnership stories and shared commitment to combating vector-borne disease

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Behind The Scenes

BASF scientist visits the Interceptor® G2 production site as a new generation of mosquito net is manufactured.

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The New Nets Project

More than two million Interceptor® G2 nets will be trialled in African regions with insecticide resistance.

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Making A Real Difference

Walter Zwick has spent decades working with smallholders in Cambodia.

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Stopping Malaria At The Border

With help from BASF, Namibia’s northern border regions have a chance to rid themselves of malaria.

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Scientific Breakthrough

Game-changing new mosquito net, Interceptor® G2 is WHO PQ listed.

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The Colour Of Hope

From 19th century dyestuff to future malaria medication.

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Mosquitoes, Malaria And Agriculture

Devastating effects for farmers and their farms.

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Guinea Worm Cases Reach Historic Low

Only 28 cases worldwide.

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