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BASF Agricultural Products division presents innovative public health initiatives


Today, BASF Agricultural Products is launching a new web site,, to provide information on the company’s work in protecting people from vector-borne diseases and its commitment to improving people’s quality of life worldwide.

The web site provides detailed information about the impact of vector-borne diseases around the world. It highlights the work that BASF and the international community have undertaken to control the pests that spread illnesses such as malaria, dengue fever, Guinea worm disease and yellow fever, as well as BASF’s humanitarian commitment and partnerships. The site also discusses BASF’s commercial successes where the company has secured contracts with national governments for the use of ABATE® larvicide and FENDONA® insecticide. It also introduces our newest product: INTERCEPTOR® with FENDOZIN® long-lasting insecticide nets for fighting vector-borne diseases.

Dr. John Thomas, global marketing manager in BASF’s Public Health Business, says, “Vector-borne diseases are among the greatest public health challenges facing the international community today. The BASF Public Health Team is committed to providing our effective insecticides when and where they are needed, while also developing new products and methods to combat these disease-spreading pests.”

When accessing, visitors can learn about the work BASF is doing with The Carter Center to eradicate Guinea worm disease, a debilitating disease that affects entire villages in West Africa. Or they can read about BASF’s partnership with MENTOR to stop the spread of malaria in the refugee camps of Liberia. Links to resources at WHO, UNICEF and other organizations provide information about the efforts these organizations are engaged in to improve the quality of life worldwide.

Visitors will also find information regarding:
- International disease prevention initiatives within the global health organizations
- Links to the latest research on vector-borne diseases
- BASF product information on ABATE® larvicide, FENDONA® insecticide, and INTERCEPTOR® with FENDOZIN® long-lasting insecticide nets
- Disease-prevention educational modules (in English and French)
- Latest industry and company news
- Situation maps and global public health event calendars

“This new web site is a useful tool for sharing information globally about our public health activities and products with our partners, customers, and employees,” said Mike Heinz, President of BASF’s Agricultural Products division. “It will provide us with an important platform to launch new and innovative public health solutions in the future,” he added.

With sales of €3,298 million in 2005, BASF’s Agricultural Products 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 Agricultural Products 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. Further information can be found on the web at

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF’s intelligent system solutions and high-value products help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. In 2005, BASF had approximately 81,000 employees and posted sales of more than €42.7 billion (approximately $50.4 billion). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at


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