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SC Johnson Donates 240,000 Mosquito Repellents during Dengue Outbreak in Argentina

In the midst of a Dengue outbreak, SC Johnson, the manufacturer of household brands such as OFF!®, Fuyí® and Raid®, donated 240,000 OFF!® mosquito repellents, brought from SC Johnson Mexico, to help protect people in Argentina. Together with Cáritas Argentina the company distributed repellent to underserved communities, in difficult to reach areas, highly impacted by Dengue. 

"At Caritas Argentina we build alliances that allow us to continue strengthening solidarity to all territories, our reach as an organization allows us to be present throughout the country, accompanying the integral development of the most vulnerable communities,” said Sofia Zadara, Executive Director of Caritas Argentina. “It is a great joy for us today to have a new partnership with SC Johnson to continue working with our teams to prevent further spread of dengue and continue helping the most needed communities."

SC Johnson also coordinated with Asociación Conciencia, who distributed repellent to dozens of schools in the Buenos Aires area. 

“Thanks to our field work, together with teachers, families and students, we know that the proliferation of mosquitoes and the risk of contracting dengue, has been severely affecting the school careers of children and adolescents in much of Argentina,” said Silvana V. Vives, President of Asociación Conciencia. “Therefore, thanks to the alliance between SC Johnson and Conciencia, we are bringing repellents to more than 44,000 families that will be distributed in schools in the Buenos Aires suburbs and the City of Buenos Aires.”

SC Johnson also appreciates the efforts of Modulo Sanitario, Cempre, Fundación Si, Edupas, and Banco de Alimentos for their efforts in distributing repellent to community centers, churches, small organizations, and people in vulnerable areas. 

In addition to the recent donation of 240,000 repellents, SC Johnson supports the Dr. Ricardo Gutiérrez Children's Hospital and civil society organizations to supply families in areas that, according to the Ministry of Health, register a higher cumulative incidence of mosquitoes.

At points during the Dengue outbreak, demand for OFF!® and Fuyí® repellents, the leading products in Argentina’s market, saw a peak growth of greater than 300%. At times, our plant has produced three times more than usual, with employees working around the clock. We have also shipped in repellent from SC Johnson sites in other countries, not impacted by Dengue, for commercial use in Argentina.