Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 14, 2017 — Today SC Johnson announced it has donated 100,000 units of personal insect repellents and insecticides including OFF!® personal insect repellent, Baygon® insecticide and Fuyi® coils to benefit families across northern Argentina.
Through an educational campaign called Chau Mosquito, SC Johnson is continuing its partnership with local organizations Mundo Sano and EDUPAS to educate consumers about preventing mosquito bites and the diseases that may be transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, such as dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. The product donation will benefit an estimated 50,000 in-need Argentinian families in the provinces of Salta, Misiones, Chaco, Formosa and Buenos Aires.
“We are proud to continue supporting Mundo Sano and EDUPAS,” said Kelly M. Semrau, Senior Vice President – Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability at SC Johnson. “They are doing a great job helping families protect against the potential risk of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. This is timely and important work that is making a difference.”
With the arrival of summer and mosquito season, EDUPAS is conducting more than 16 educational training sessions with the support of Mundo Sano. An estimated 800 community leaders including local teachers, doctors and public health professionals in the most vulnerable areas across northern Argentina is being trained on ways to prevent mosquito bites. This includes providing information about reducing mosquito habitats around the home and educational materials that can be distributed to families.
“Our objective with this campaign is to transmit knowledge but the main goal is to change habits and conduct toward behaviors of permanent care and prevention,” said Marcelo Abril, Executive Director at Mundo Sano. “It’s essential to generate awareness to achieve the commitment of the community in the daily actions that each family can carry out to prevent mosquito bites.”
Last year, SC Johnson donated more than $15 million in pest control products and financial support to charitable organizations in response to the global outbreak of Zika and dengue fever. As part of the donation, the company also provided monetary contributions to cover logistics, distribution and education materials. The Chau Mosquito campaign was launched in Argentina with SC Johnson’s support last summer and since then 600 community leaders have been educated at 19 trainings throughout Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Through this very successful program an estimated 60,000 families in need have benefited.
For more information, please visit www.scjohnson.com/mosquitoes.
About SC Johnson
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 131-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
About Mundo Sano
Mundo Sano is a private foundation working since 1993 to reduce the impact caused by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as Chagas; mosquito-borne Dengue, Zika, Yellow Fever and Chikungunya; soil-transmitted helminthiases; Echinococcosis and Leishmaniasis. Its mission is to develop effective management models that are replicable, scalable and transferable through public-private partnerships on the basis of multidisciplinary scientific research.