2/6/2013 10:30:00 AM
LifeNet is registered in South Africa
On the 4th of February, Bayer’s LifeNet has been approved by the registration authorities of South Africa. LifeNet is the world’s first polypropylene long-lasting insecticide treated bed net; with a unique multifilament structure and deltamethrin incorporated into the fibres. This new LLIN promises to be one of the most effective malaria prevention tools available today. Thanks to its innovative technology LifeNet demonstrates exceptional textile strength and wash resistance providing therefore a superior durability with a lifespan exceeding five years.
Malaria transmission in South Africa is relatively low and happens seasonally, with the greatest risk during October and May. Thanks to the Vector Control measures introduced since 1930 the country health authorities reduced malaria transmission significantly.
However, near 10% (4.5 million) of the total population of South Africa live in a malaria risk area. The disease is mainly transmitted in the low altitude areas of the North-Eastern parts of the country. According to the WHO country strategy the main malaria regions are the eastern parts of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Rarely, limited outbreaks occur in the Northern Cape and North West provinces along the Orange and Molopo Rivers.
LifeNet can now be used to protect the population of South Africa, supporting the local health authorities in their goal to eradicate malaria.