Sumitomo Chemical has donated over 330,000 Olyset® anti-malaria bed nets – worth around $2 million – to the Millennium Villages in sub-Saharan Africa, enabling at least half a million people to be protected from exposure to malaria. Millennium Villages are at the heart of Millennium Promise, a non-profit organization focused on the eradication of extreme poverty.
Sumitomo Chemical has committed over 330,000 of its ground-breaking Olyset anti-malaria bed-nets (worth approximately $2 million) to the Millennium Villages project in Africa. One hundred villages with individual populations of around 5,000 people will each receive the nets, protecting around half a million people from the threat of malaria.
Sumitomo’s Olyset Net is guaranteed to last for at least five years without need of treatment. It is tough, tear-proof and completely washable, and offers maximum ventilation for optimum protection and comfort.
Millennium Villages are at the heart of Millennium Promise, a non-profit organization focused on the eradication of extreme poverty.
“Millennium Promise is an exciting and innovative project and we are very proud to be associated with it,” commented Hiromasa Yonekura, President of SCC. “Our deep corporate social commitment to assist the global fight against malaria is fully in line with the noble goals of Millennium Promise.”
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, co-chairman of the Millennium Promise, added: “The longevity and Sumitomo guarantee that comes with Olyset provides real hope that the families who receive them will be protected from malaria for many years to come. Having Sumitomo and its Olyset technology on board is integral to our strategy in tackling malaria head on to improve the quality of life in Africa and help break the vicious circle of poverty.”
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