Every long-lasting insecticidal net we sell can save lives. While this may appear abstract from an office in Dubai, we are aware that every minute a child dies of malaria, even if malaria is a preventable disease. We are equally aware of the magnitude of our operations. Last year we manufactured 60 million nets, which will impact the lives of more than 100 million people.
The scale-up of treated bed nets in recent years has brought unprecedented results in the fight against malaria. Mortality worldwide has been reduced by more than half and some countries are now malaria free. However, in the past 3-4 years progress has stalled. This calls for fresh thinking, improved products and a strong commitment from the malaria community to secure the (financial) resources to get back on the track towards a malaria free world.
“Change calls for innovation and innovation leads to impact.”
TANA Netting’s new-generation PBO nets brought to the field.
We believe in innovation to impact and, this year, we have launched a physically stronger and more cost-effective version of DawaPlus® 2.0, as well as two new products: DawaPlus® 3.0 and DawaPlus® 4.0 – both using patented insecticide technology to improve efficacy of the nets. These are designed specifically for regions in which mosquitoes have developed resistance to pyrethroid insecticides. Both nets contain, in addition to deltamethrin a co-insecticide, piperonyl butoxide (PBO), to enhance their efficacy.
When deployed at the right ratio with deltamethrin, the PBO acts as a co-insecticide, considerably enhancing the effectiveness of the primary insecticide (deltamethrin), by suppressing the mosquito’s enzyme defenses. Rather than just mixing the two in the same yarn, we add these two very different chemicals in each of their yarn to control their optimal delivery. This way we can ensure a proper ratio of the co-insecticide during the lifetime of the net.
This story originally appeared in our Annual Report 2016-2017 publication.
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