LG Fights Malaria in Nigeria with Hi-Tech Air Conditioner


WEBWIRE – Friday, November 23, 2012

Unique Ultrasonic Technology Eliminates More Than 80 Percent of Malaria-Transmitting Mosquitoes

LAGOS, –- LG Electronics, a global leader in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, unveiled its newest advanced residential air conditioner (RAC) which utilizes ultrasonic wave technology to repel mosquitoes. LG’s “Anti-Mosquito” air conditioner has been shown in tests conducted in a Peet Grady chamber to deter on average 64 percent of malaria-transmitting female Anopheles mosquitoes within 24 hours and 82 percent overall. Aside from offering greater peace of mind, the Anti-Mosquito air conditioner also comes with all the advantages of LG’s AC technologies, delivering powerful cooling and superb reliability even under extreme operating temperatures.

“In Nigeria, as well as in a number of other African countries, malaria continues to be a prevalent threat,” said Jun-hwa Jeong, General Manager of Air Conditioning and Energy Solutions at LG Electronics. “LG takes great pride in tailoring products and technologies to the specific needs of consumers. By matching technologies directly to these region-specific challenges, we can create real solutions that will help bring about profound and meaningful changes to consumers. The Anti-Mosquito air conditioner is a great example of our commitment to improving both health security and the quality of life in Africa by applying technological innovations in intelligent ways.”

Designed specifically for areas with unreliable power supplies, the technology in the Super Automatic Voltage Switcher (Super AVS) is another example of a tailored solution for the African market. In Nigeria and other West African countries, the sun is hotter, dust build-up tends to be a greater problem and the electricity supply is unpredictable. LG’s Super AVS guards against power blackouts and surges which play havoc on electronic devices and protects the compressor from being damaged by current fluctuations. LG’s Tropical Compressor is designed to operate reliably in hotter climates and the company’s unique Plasmaster air filtering technology removes harmful substances and bacteria from the air.

“In terms of economic development, the entire African continent has enormous potential and we’re hopeful that LG’s technologies will help people unlock that potential,” said Mohammed Fouani, Managing Director of Fouani Nigeria Ltd. “LG has sought to move well beyond its role as a technology provider and has put into place a number of initiatives to combat poverty and promote community-building.”

LG is currently collaborating with a number of international organizations in efforts to fight disease, protect the environment and reduce poverty on the African continent. In cooperation with the International Vaccine Institute, LG helped to develop and administer a vaccine for cholera in Ethiopia. Fifteen LG Hope Schools in Kenya provide students with the opportunity to learn and enjoy healthy, nutritious food. In association with the UN World Food Program, LG also spearheaded a donation campaign in Ethiopia, raising more than USD 340,000. The money was then used to provide meals to more than three million Ethiopians.



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