A timeline of our evolution

2021 - 2017

2021

The Vestergaard-Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research Vector Labs in Accra, Ghana celebrate 10 years of partnership, capacity building and science to fight malaria.

Vestergaard becomes a Certified B Corporation.

2021

The Company announces the first rPET bednets made from 100% recycled and upcycled polyester.

IR Mapper and GMI Vector Maps launch modelled insecticide resistance maps to predict localised variation in resistance.

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Vestergaard commits to donating 100% of Tiny Targets until the elimination of sleeping sickness to achieve the NTD 2030 Roadmap.

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Vestergaard and Lifestraw become sister companies.

2020

Michael Joos takes the reins as CEO of Vestergaard from Mikkel Vestergaard.

2019

Project extension of Trypa-NO! to support existing intervention and innovation strategies to realise the elimination of gambiense human African trypanosomiasis (gHat or sleeping sickness) by 2030.

LifeStraw® Home receives the IDEA 2019 Award for Gold Winning-Product Design and the Red Dot Award.

2018

On International Women’s Day, Vestergaard opens the doors to the Emusanda Maternity Ward in western Kenya’s Lurambi Sub-County. The 12-bed maternity ward is equipped with technologies previously unavailable in this region of Kenya and offers high quality maternal and neonatal healthcare.

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2017

LifeStraw® receives the 2017 Halo Award for Best Transactional Campaign by Engage for Good.

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2016 - 2011

2016

Trypa-NO! Partnership announced between FIND, IRD, LSTM & Vestergaard with support by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to harmonise and integrate the screening, diagnosis and treatment of sleeping sickness and tsetse fly control activities through ZeroFly® Tiny Targets.

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LifeStraw receives the Outdoor Inspiration Award by Outdoor Retailer and adidas Outdoor.

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Vestergaard launches the LifeStraw® Safe Water Fund to bring drinking water to victims following natural disasters and school children in vulnerable communities globally.

2015

The company commits to donating 100% of all LifeStraw® Guinea worm filters provided to the Carter Center.

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2014

Vestergaard launches a Give Back programme where for every LifeStraw® purchased at retail, one school child in need receives safe water for an entire school year, five purchases provide that child with safe water for the next five years.

PermaNet® 3.0 LLIN is prequalified by WHO (Reference 005-002).

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IR Mapper is established as a joint initiative of Vestergaard, KEMRI-CGHR and ESRI Eastern Africa to provide up-to-date insecticide resistance data and guide the deployment of the right vector control tools.

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2012

ZeroFly® Storage Bags introduced as the first insecticide-incorporated storage bags to improve income, health and livelihood of smallholder farmers in low- and middle-income countries.

2011

Vestergaard funds the Vestergaard-NMIMR Vector Labs (VNVL) as a public-private partnership with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research. VNVL houses susceptible and insecticide resistant strains of Anopheles gambiaes for extensive bioassay testing following WHOPES protocols and tailored experiments

The LifeStraw® Carbon for Water campaign uses carbon financing to distribute 877,505 LifeStraw® Family water filters to nearly 91% of all households in the Western Province of Kenya. The campaign provides more than 4 million residents with the ability to safely treat their water at the home and is implemented in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation and other ministry collaborations.

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2009 - 2004

2009

Vestergaard rehabilitates and donates the Emusanda Health Center to ensure that every person receives access to health services, including HIV/AIDS treatment, and a CarePack®.

2008

The integrated prevention campaign in Kenya combines voluntary testing and counselling (VCT) for HIV and AIDS with the distribution of a CarePack® of disease-preventing tools – LifeStraw® water filters, PermaNet® long-lasting insecticide treated bednets, condoms and educational materials. This program provided testing for more than 47,000 people in seven days and tested more than 80 per cent of the target population for the first time.

LifeStraw receives Saatchi Award for World Changing.

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2007

PermaNet® 3.0 LLIN is the first combination bednet with increased efficacy against malaria vectors resistant to current insecticides.

2005

Corporate headquarters relocate to Lausanne, Switzerland.

2004

PermaNet® 2.0 LLIN receives interim recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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1996 - 1993

1996

Vestergaard creates a plastic pipe filter for the Carter Center to strain out Guinea worm larva and prevent Guinea worm disease.

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1999

PermaNet® bednet, one of the first long-lasting insecticidal bed nets (LLINs), is introduced to market.

1997

Mikkel assumes leadership of Vestergaard and sells the traditional clothing manufacturing operations to focus entirely on the humanitarian business.

1995

To support the humanitarian business, Vestergaard opens its first offices in Africa (Kenya) and in India (New Delhi).

1993

Mikkel Vestergaard joins the family business and starts a division dedicated to products for development and emergency aid.

1970 - 1957

1970

Kaj turns the business over to Torben, his son.

1966

Kaj adds sewing equipment to focus solely on manufacturing.

1957

Danish farmer Kaj Vestergaard Frandsen establishes a textile weaving company run by family members using six weaving looms.