Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

Problem: Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease that is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions, effects approximately 400 million people and kills between one and three million people every year. Malaria is commonly associated with poverty, but is also a cause of poverty and a major hindrance to economic development. But killing mosquitoes with spray chemicals such as DDT causes other serious health issues.

Client: International health and aid organizations

Designers: Vestergaard Frandsen Group

Solution: A long-lasting, insecticide-impregnated mosquito net. Warp-knitted from 100% polyester, PermaNet® is impregnated with Deltamethrin, a cyano-pyrethroid insecticide with good adhesion abilities that is slowly released over time and practically harmless to humans. The nets are dirt repellant and require no additional manual labor to clean. They can be washed up to 20 times before needing to be re-treated, and can then be re-impregnated with insecticide seven to ten times. The nets are available in rectangular, circular and hammock shapes.

Completion: 2003

For more info: PermaNet®

Posted May 10, 2007