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South Africa: an efficient product to combat the malaria
The fight against malaria remains the major concern of all Africans worried by the devastating epidemic momentum in the continent that is feverishly seeking its wellbeing.

While the World Health Organization’s Report show progress in the fight against malaria and the efforts made by African governments ,community health workers, doctors, volunteers and other persons involved in the “war” against this disease ,South African researchers have not lost time to contribute by creating an efficient product.

Even if it is the time up to celebrate this progress, there’s still much more work to do in the field of reality mainly in poor African countries where people are still living in inaccessible areas.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

It is characterized by cycles of chills, fever, and sweating, caused by a protozoan of the genus Plasmodium in red blood cells, which is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected female anopheles mosquito.

In 2010, this infectious disease caused an estimated 655 000 deaths (with an uncertainty range of 537 000 to 907 000), mostly among African children. Most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria.

Malaria is preventable and curable

Increased malaria prevention and control measures are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places.

Non-immune travelers from malaria-free areas are very vulnerable to the disease when they get infected.

Questions about an effective and credible fight remain haunting especially among the scientific community in the country of Mandela.

How to combat efficiently and reduce the infection and deaths caused by malaria carrying Mosquitoes.

A recently aired television program on Aljazeera, exposed frightening statistics on a survey conducted in Africa and the Far East. That found 33% of drugs were fake and 20% of drugs were inferior and inadequate.

The current treatment is the use of DEET “Diethyl-meta-thollamide”. To impregnate mosquito nets, DEET is a very toxic substance. It has been established that in many countries, the nets are not being used for the intended applications of protecting people at sleep, but are being used for catching fish. Due to its toxicity, the fish die, and people get ill.

So what is the answer? A possible solution!

Avantu Sustainable Solutions of South Africa, have taken a fresh look at this serious problem. Using Nano technology. They have introduced Health Guard Premium Protection., which is a non-toxic treatment for impregnating not only mosquito nets but bed linen, clothing etc. How does it work? Health Guard’s Nano technology upsets the mosquito sensory system which deters her from landing on the intended victim or ‘Food source”, by doing this the mosquito will eventually starve and die. Should it be eaten by a bird or whatever, the bird will not die as it has not been filled by a toxic substance which again does not affect the food chain or eco system.

It is suggested by Avantu, that Health Guard be used to impregnate material through a yarn baked process: -

1. Blankets –give all day protection

2. Baby receiving blankets – given to infants when they leave the clinic. According to the World malaria report 2011. Most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria.

3. Uniforms – all forms of clothing.

Health Guard premium offers protection for up to 3 years with multiple washing.

The other application by Avantu is by using aerosols and water based DIY cans. This application can last for 3 months and up to 30 washes Health Guard Premium Protection is now gaining momentum and is used and approved in over 23 countries for mosquito, ants, flies, bedbugs and dust mite protection.

Avantu’s other approach to the malaria problem is by producing a bacterial product,( Mozziking), which prevents the maturing of mosquito and black fly larvae thereby implementing a malaria control program in Pit toilets, septic tanks and sewerage treatment works.

For further information please contact Lohmann Beams +27 11 803 1361 e-mail: avantu@mweb.co.za or Bob Drage +27 12 804 4042 e-mail: bob@aseurope-ltd.com


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