LifeNet® mosquito nets receive interim recommendation from World Health Organization
Milestone on the road to worldwide product launch:
Monheim, – The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an interim recommendation for Bayer CropScience’s new LifeNet® mosquito nets for malaria prevention and control. This is an important milestone on the road to the worldwide product launch which is scheduled to take place before the end of 2011.
LifeNet® is the first innovation in this field for more than a decade: deltamethrin, the active ingredient recommended by the WHO, has been directly integrated into a polypropylene fiber for the first time. It is then gradually released, continuously exerting its insecticidal action. Thanks to the soft but very tear-resistant polypropylene fibers, the mosquito nets are longer-lasting, user-friendly and thereby ensure sustainable long-term protection.
“The interim recommendation from the Pesticide Evaluation Scheme of the WHO (WHOPES) now makes it possible for us to offer national and international malaria control programs a new tool in the battle against malaria,” explains Dr. Gunnar Riemann, Head of the Environmental Science Division at Bayer CropScience. “We are convinced that LifeNet® will help public health authorities and aid organizations around the world achieve sustained success in the battle against malaria.”
Bayer CropScience looks back on more than 50 years of experience in the field of vector control. With the forthcoming market launch of LifeNet®, the company will now be in the position to offer a complete portfolio for integrated vector management.
About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.830 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.
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