RACINE, Wis., June 9, 2016 — SC Johnson announced today it will donate nearly 45,000 units of OFF!® personal mosquito repellent to PSI, an organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges including maternal and child health. The DEET-based personal repellent will be included in pregnancy support kits for women in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama. This donation is part of SC Johnson’s commitment to donate at least $15 million over the next year to help protect against mosquitoes.
“The people of SC Johnson are committed to continuing to help protect needy families, particularly pregnant women, throughout areas where the Zika virus is spreading,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Through their maternal health efforts, PSI is well positioned to help protect women from mosquitoes that may carry diseases like Zika.”
PSI makes it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services. The leading global health organization partners with the public and private sector to work in reproductive health, family planning, HIV, malaria, child survival, non-communicable diseases and sanitation.
“We greatly appreciate SC Johnson’s contribution of mosquito repellent to pair with the information and contraceptives that women in regions with Zika need,” said Karl Hofmann, President and CEO of PSI. “Together, with our network of clinics and expertise in behavior change, we’ll be able to reach those most affected."
Today’s donation to PSI is the latest announcement in SC Johnson’s ongoing efforts to provide up to $15 million in resources globally to help protect against mosquitoes. The donations include aid to numerous countries that are experiencing outbreaks of Zika and dengue fever. In coordination with the CDC Foundation, SC Johnson supported the Zika Action Plan Summit held by the White House and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 1, and also donated to the CDC’s Zika prevention kits. Additional donations have been made to the American Red Cross, the International Federation of the Red Cross, AmeriCares, the Rio de Janeiro-based Children’s Health Association and the County of Hawaii Civil Defense Agency.
SC Johnson is the world’s largest manufacturer of insect repellents and household insecticides, including OFF!®, Autan®, Raid® and Baygon®. For nearly 60 years, SC Johnson entomologists have studied insects at the Entomology Research Center (ERC) located in Racine. The ERC is the largest private, urban entomology research facility in the world.
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SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 130-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com