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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
As part of our malaria eradication work with our Base of the Pyramid
Group at SC Johnson, I had the opportunity to live with Wilson, his wife
Cynthia, and their three children in a remote village in rural Ghana.
Each night that we laid down on the floor of their one-room plaster home
to go to sleep, their two-year old son would cry...
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Earlier this week, SC Johnson released its 23rd sustainability report,
detailing the progress we have made against our environmental and social
commitments. Currently, we are in the third year of our five-year...
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Midwives play an essential role to ensure that women and their babies
receive a continuum of care during pregnancy, childbirth, and in the
important days and weeks after birth. As a result, they are trusted and
respected members of their villages...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
My name is Dahlia Haynes and I am Senior Research Associate Chemist at
SC Johnson, where I am most excited about being a part of a core
research team that helps save lives. As part of our base of the pyramid
(BoP) efforts at SC Johnson, we’ve launched...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Last month SC Johnson launched a new and improved WOW™ product offering
into a new region of Ghana. This expansion is a big milestone for the
WOW™ business, which we launched in 2012 with the objective of reducing
the transmission of malaria through the creation of...
Thursday, October 2, 2014
I recently had the pleasure traveling to Iquitos, Peru to see a Dengue testing site. Dengue
fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the Dengue virus.
It is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
In the movie Jurassic Park, the park scientists and
paleontologists assure visitors that they are safe – they have taken all
the necessary precautions to prevent the dinosaurs they created from
prehistoric DNA from getting out of control...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
While shopping in the local markets in Myanmar, you come across a wide
range of traditional medicines to prevent or treat just about any
ailment or condition. You can find tree bark to promote good vision,
qinghao leaf to treat malaria or sweet broom weed for diabetes...
...My post today isn’t about malaria, but rather another issue that plagues
many of the same communities — venomous snakebites and the devastating
burden of this most neglected of neglected tropical diseases...
When the SC Johnson BoP team spends time living with our end users in
rural communities, we take precautions to avoid getting malaria. We take
malaria-preventative drugs like malarone, use personal and spatial
The rainy season is a constant factor for people that live in the rural
villages of Myanmar which is part of the Mekong Region. It typically
lasts from the end of May until late October, leading to fertile land
for the production of many crops including rice, rubber, and bamboo.
That’s the good news...
Ten years ago C.K. Prahalad wrote The Fortune at the Bottom of the
Pyramid, an excellent book in which he argued that multinational
companies could not only make money selling to the world’s poorest
population, but that undertaking...
Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes. Thanks to cheap prototypes, we learned something valuable quickly. We
know that the Buddhist religion is a big part of everyday life in
Myanmar (over 80% of the population is Buddhist). And we saw that
flowers are one of the main components...
Our Base of the Pyramid Group spent a couple weeks during June in the
villages and plantations of Mon State in Myanmar. We shared prototypes
of potential malaria-preventative solutions with our end users, so that
we could work together with them to co-create solutions that best fit
into their lives...
I have spent most of my career crafting strategies for improving the
lives of people living in less developed parts of the world. My work is
rewarding because it allows me to live in different parts of the world,
engage with cultures so different from the American culture in which I