October 1, 2018
After so many decades of People dying of Malaria, there is now something to smile about and promise a Malaria free Zambia. Kansai Paint Co. Ltd. has launched the world's first mosquito repellant paint to help in the elimination of malaria by 2021.
The paint company that has been in business for over 100 years and in very good Partnership with JICA launched the anti- mosquito paint on 1st October, 2018. The paint is meant to disrupt the mosquito's nervous system on contact, reducing its ability to remain on walls where the paint has been applied. A study which was done in the last six months by Kansai Paint in 400 households with Zambia's ministry of health and sponsored by JICA was appreciated for its safety and efficacy.
Anti-Mosquito Paint displayed at the Launch
Kansai Paint Vice President Dr. Kalpana Abe said that while mosquito nets, insecticide spraying and other prophylactics are still in use, the disease continues to account for more than one million deaths on the African continent each year, and that is why Kansai Paint came up with an innovative invention that lasts much longer than the usual Malaria Prevention methods.
JICA Chief Representative, (R) shakes hands with Kansai Vice President (C) and country director (L)
JICA Chief Representative, Mr. Junichi Hanai, said it is heartwarming for JICA to be part of such a tremendous achievement. Mr. Junichi Hanai said that JICA will continue to support Kansai Paint and other organizations that have human interests at heart. "The fight against Malaria concerns us all, this is why JICA is keen in supporting such programs through Public-Private Partnership in order to contribute to the socio-economic development of Zambia", Mr. Hanai said.
It is in this regard that in Zambia, JICA funded a study on the efficacy and safety of the anti-mosquito Paint developed by Kansai Paint. This is in an effort to support the Government of the Republic of Zambia in the fight against Malaria.
JICA and Kansai Representatives Showcase the Anti Mosquito Paint to the Media
Story: Lillian N. Mumba