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What Does a Cool Forehead Have to Do With Reducing the Transmission of Malaria?

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...

Celebrating Progress on Our Goal to Create Better Lives

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...

Midwives: Essential Influencers in Malaria Prevention

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...

Being There Matters: How Living with Rural Ghanaians Helps Product Development

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...

New Beginnings in Ghana

New Beginnings in Ghana

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...

Finding Insights and Inspiration at a Dengue Testing Site

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...

Life Finds a Way

Life Finds a Way

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...

Traditional Medicine in Myanmar

Traditional Medicine in Myanmar

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...

Guest Post: The Danger of Snakebite and the Search for Solutions

...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...

Protecting Ourselves Too

Protecting Ourselves Too

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 mosquito repellents...

Preventing Malaria Rain or Shine

Preventing Malaria Rain or Shine

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...

Sharing Learnings, Exchanging Ideas toward a Common Goal

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...

From Cheap Prototypes to Valuable Learning

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...

Migrant Workers in the Mekong: Crucial to Malaria Eradication Efforts

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...

The Business of Malaria Eradication

The Business of Malaria Eradication

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 was raised...

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