World Malaria Day: When a Simple Initiative Conveys Great Results

By Basf Se, PRNE
Monday, April 18, 2011

Interceptor(R) Bed Nets Key Factor for Decrease in Malaria Infection in Jabote Community (Brazil)

LIMBURGERHOF, Germany, April 19, 2011 - April 25th marks the fourth annual celebration of World
Malaria Day. Under this year's umbrella theme of Achieving Progress and
Impact, the international community will again focus on the goal of achieving
near zero malaria deaths by 2015, and how different stakeholders are
contributing to reaching this target. BASF, as part of the international
community combating malaria, is marking the day by telling the story of how a
simple initiative can stop the spread of the disease, one step at a time.

Although African communities are under the greatest threat of
malaria, the disease is a reality in many other developing countries. In some
states in Brazil, particularly those located near the Amazon forest, malaria
constitutes the major public health problem. In this region, favorable
climatic conditions coupled with vast water sources give the mosquitoes
carrying malaria a comfortable home to reproduce and spread.

To better manage the risks of malaria transmission in the
region, BASF partnered with Foundation for Health Surveillance in Amazonas
(FVS - AM) to assess how Interceptor, BASF's long-lasting insecticidal bed
net, could support local communities in their efforts to prevent the disease.

The community of Jabote (municipality of Urucara) was chosen
to host the study because it is known as one of the major hotspots for
malaria outbreaks. In Jabote, traditional prevention methods could not be
easily applied, meaning that malaria had become as common as a cold.

In late 2008, the project kicked off: Interceptor nets were
placed in all houses in Jabote. Residents were also coached on how to use the
product and the purpose it served. From that point on, monthly monitoring
revealed astonishing results: In 2007, when 132 people lived in the
community, there were 465 cases of malaria. That translates to an infection
rate of 3.52 cases per person, meaning that each person in Jabote contracted
malaria at least three times a year. In 2010, with a population of 200
people, the rate of malaria was reduced to only 0.12 cases per capita. For
every 12 people, only one acquired the disease.

The positive spiral effects spread throughout the community.
The burden of malaria had prevented children from regularly attending school.
But with the dramatic reduction in malaria cases, going to school was
possible again. Literacy objectives were achieved in just two years. These
effects typify one of the major targets of the United Nations Millennium
Development Goals, namely that a healthier, more educated population is key
to sustainably support poverty reduction.

Interceptor is a result of BASF leadership both in textile chemistry and
agricultural products. A polymer binder system is combined with Fendona(R), a
fast-acting BASF insecticide, and applied directly to the fibers of the nets
in a unique, proprietary treatment process. This regulates a continuous, slow
and controlled release of the insecticide and ensures long term
effectiveness, knocking down and killing malaria-transmitting mosquitoes even
after 3 years of use.

With its commitment to improving public health and its innovative
portfolio of products, BASF is convinced that supporting and engaging in
simple, local projects can bring life-changing results, like those
experienced in Jabote. The goal is not only to prevent malaria from
spreading, but also to fortify good ideas and initiatives that impact those
most exposed to the disease. One step at a time.

About the Crop Protection division

With sales of EUR4.0 billion in 2010, BASF's
Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner
to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides,
insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to
improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health,
structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation
management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market
success. The vision of BASF's Crop Protection division is to be the world's
leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition,
and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population.
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    Crop Protection division
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