Some two billion of the more than seven billion people living on Earth do not have adequate basic health care. The growing world population – above all in developing countries and emerging markets – and demographic change in numerous industrialized nations are making it increasingly difficult to ensure adequate health care provision for the entire planet.
Vector-borne diseases, like malaria, dengue, Chikungunya, Chagas or Zika, cause more than 1 million deaths annually; mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting the majority of those diseases, making them the deadliest animal on earth with 725,000 annual deaths attributed to its activities.
We leverage our history, expertise and innovation capacity to support vector-borne disease programs that protect and improve the quality of peoples’ lives. We focus on product development and advocacy partnerships and offer training and education initiatives to ensure the best and most sustainable outcome for public health and the environment.
We would like all people to share the fruits of medical progress, regardless of their origins or income. We support programs that provide access to innovative medicines and modern family planning, and take up the fight against neglected diseases. We work side-by-side with aid agencies, international bodies and policy makers.
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