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Global Challenges

Vestergaard’s innovative products and solutions help alleviate some of the world’s most daunting global health challenges.

Malaria & Vector-Borne Diseases

Malaria & Vector-Borne Diseases

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease spread to people through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito. In 2015, an estimated 217 million cases and 429,000 deaths reported as a result of malaria. Other vector-borne diseases include Dengue, Lymphatic filariasis, Chagas, Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis. PermaNet® long-lasting insecticidal bed nets help prevent malaria.

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, are common in low-income settings such as in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Many are preventable and treatable, but are neglected because treatment and preventive measures are not available or affordable. NTDs include Elephantitis, Trachoma, Chagas, Guinea worm and others. LifeStraw® water filters and PermaNet® bed nets help prevent NTDs.

Food Security

Food Security

Today, there are about 795 million hungry people in the world, many who are suffering from the effects of malnutrition and most living in developing countries. There, farmers don’t often have the tools and resources to ensure food security for their families and communities. Products like ZeroFly® Livestock screen and ZeroFly® Storage Bags increase food security by keeping destructive flies away from livestock and postharvest commodities.

Waterborne Diseases

Waterborne Diseases

Waterborne diseases are caused by drinking contaminated or dirty water. Contaminated water can cause many types of diarrheal diseases, including Cholera, and other serious illnesses such as Guinea worm disease, Typhoid, and Dysentery. Water related diseases cause 3.4 million deaths each year. LifeStraw® water filters remove the bacteria and pathogens that contaminate water to decrease the incidence of waterborne diseases.

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is an extremely serious epidemic and the world’s leading infectious killer. Thirty-four million people have HIV/AIDS, approximately 1.8 million people die each year from it3. Because HIV/AIDS attacks the immune system, it makes people more susceptible to other diseases. Preventing malaria and waterborne diseases with PermaNet® bed nets and LifeStraw® water filters can keep people with HIV/AIDS healthier.

Zika

Zika

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus primarily transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes1. It can also be transmitted sexually or through infusions of contaminated blood. Zika causes microcephaly, a serious brain defect that results in a baby’s head being smaller than normal. Zika may also lead to other brain and autoimmune problems, including Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

Malaria Research

IR Mapper is a tool that helps inform vector control strategies by mapping insecticide resistance in mosquitoes that transmit malaria, Zika, Dengue and other mosquito borne diseases. This helps inform vector control strategies.

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For consumer purchases, visit LifeStraw® to find a local retailer. For each consumer purchase, one school child in Africa will receive clean water for an entire school year. For large quantities purchased for public health settings, contact us

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