Half a billion people are affected each year by insect-borne diseases
like malaria and dengue. So, at SC Johnson we're continually making our
pest control products work better, and working to help teach families
how to protect themselves from insects.
Products that Protect
SC Johnson's insect control innovations
do more than merely reduce a nuisance. We're continuously improving
performance to repel mosquitoes longer, kill cockroaches and other pests
faster, and help deter insects that may carry diseases.
We're also working to bring the best value possible at a price that's more affordable for those who need it.
operate the world’s largest private, urban entomology research center.
Our experts work there every day to develop pest control products that
are highly effective, easier to use and more affordable for more people.
Investing in Malaria Prevention
the World Health organization (WHO) reports that malaria-related deaths
were down by more than 20 percent from 2000 to 2009, there is still
much work to be done.
So, we’re collaborating with the Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation in the fight against malaria, by
sponsoring two current projects:
• A study to determine the
effects of spatial (not applied to skin) repellents in fighting
malaria-infected mosquitoes in Sumba, Indonesia.
• A project
in rural Ghana in which bulk SC Johnson products, including Raid®
insecticide and OFF!® personal repellent, are provided as part of a club
membership for homemakers. Learn more.
studies build on the work SC Johnson has done in recent years to help
build awareness of the dangers of malaria and to help protect against
A History of Building Awareness
educational efforts include the Healthy Children, Healthy Homes™ program
in South Africa, which SC Johnson sponsored for three years and which
ultimately reached more than a million people in areas
with endemic malaria, providing helpful information about avoiding
malaria. This program has transitioned to local health authorities,
using training materials that SC Johnson helped develop.
have previously supported tests of malaria prevention techniques.
Starting in 2003, SC Johnson funded a test in which portable mosquito
traps were used while a local medical clinic collected data on malaria
incidence in Ghana. While the total incidence of malaria in the
unprotected areas rose, the trap test area didn't see a corresponding
increase. In fact, analysis showed that from 2002 to 2007, about 6,000
malaria cases were prevented in the protected area. This project has
since also transitioned to community-management.
Educating about Dengue
nearly a decade, SC Johnson has tackled the public health threat of
dengue with innovative programs that include educational materials,
repellent sampling and spraying in areas experiencing outbreaks. Over
time, these programs – sponsored by the Raid®, OFF!® and Baygon® brands
in different countries – have become both public health programs and an
important way of building brand awareness with the people who need our
For example, for more than a decade, SC Johnson
Philippines’ IWAS Dengue program has reached about 100,000 families
annually with dengue-prevention information, free spraying in outbreak
areas and insect repellent sampling. In recent years it has expanded to
provide educational programs in schools.
on this great model, SC Johnson created an insect-borne disease
education toolkit. The wide array of materials makes it easy for our
subsidiary companies to conduct disease prevention programs quickly and
The toolkit includes materials and guidelines for
product sampling; school education programs with lectures, contests,
entertainment and product sampling; village events and public health
programs that include house-to-house spraying during outbreaks and
toll-free information hotlines. It is now in use in countries including
Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, Venezuela and other areas across
Latin America, Asia and Africa.