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Working Towards 'Counting Malaria Out' Through Scale-Up of PermaNet(R) Bed Nets, Vestergaard Frandsen Produces 175 Millionth Net; Introduces New Net To Combat Insecticide Resistance
Date:4/23/2009

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- To honor the theme for World Malaria Day on 4/25, 'Counting Malaria Out,' Vestergaard Frandsen is stepping up production of its best selling bed net, called PermaNet(R), and introducing a new version that is effective against insecticide resistant mosquitoes.

Malaria claims more than one million lives every year, and leaves half of the world's population at risk of contracting the disease. Experts agree that long-lasting insecticide treated nets are among the best frontline defense against malaria. The Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP), which is leading the charge toward universal coverage by 2010 and near zero deaths by 2015, estimates that 730 million nets must be manufactured and delivered worldwide to achieve this goal.

To help achieve these goals, Vestergaard Frandsen, which just manufactured its 175 millionth PermaNet(R) bed net, recently began an aggressive scale-up plan to boost production. The Swiss-based company's PermaNet(R) 2.0 is one of only two long-lasting mosquito nets worldwide that have a World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES) full recommendation, which declares it safe and effective for the prevention and control of malaria.

But the company and leading scientists recognize that simply producing more bed nets may not solve the malaria problem, as mosquitoes have become resistant to the class of insecticides approved by the WHO for fighting malaria. Many leading scientists believe that the insecticide resistance problem could grow into a crisis in parts of Africa where resistance has become well documented.

Dr. Vincent Corbel, senior research fellow at IRD in Benin, spoke on this issue at a symposium on insecticide resistance held in Nairob
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