Magazine article Foreign Policy

Nothing but Net: Fighting a Global Scourge

Magazine article Foreign Policy

Nothing but Net: Fighting a Global Scourge

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Malaria claims the lives of 460,000 Africans each year. Fortunately, an invention from Japan-based Sumitomo Chemical has made a big difference in stopping the mosquitoes that spread malaria. It is one of many success stories from Japanese companies that are committed to working hand-in-hand with local Africans to save lives, develop physical infrastructure and human capital, and create sustainable economic growth for a vibrant Africa.

Sumitomo Chemical developed a technology that embeds insecticide directly in the fiber of mosquito nets. It is so effective at preventing malaria that it has earned a seal of approval from the World Health Organization. Unlike other mosquito nets, Sumitomo's Olyset Net doesn't easily fray into holes, and uses insecticide technology that repels and kills mosquitos for up to five years. These mosquito nets are also helpful in the ongoing efforts to eliminate Zika by killing the day-biting mosquitos that spread the virus.

Representative of Japan's long-term commitment to Africa, Sumitomo Chemical felt that their nets should be produced where they were needed in local African communities --to create jobs for and improve the technical skills of local people. …

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