Vector-control programme implemented in affected community
A ‘Better Life’ without mosquitoes!
Hyderabad, February 6, 2017: The Environmental Science unit of Bayer India’s Crop Science division has been working with various stakeholders to prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, filariasis and chikungunya. This is part of the ‘Better Life’ initiative introduced by the Evironmental Science team, in line with Bayer’s mission: ‘Science For A Better Life.’ As part of the initiative, the Bayer team identifies affected communities and supports them through awareness, training and advisory on the usage of correct products and solutions.
In December 2016, the Bayer team implemented a vector-control programme in Chirrikurapadu village in Andhra Pradesh, which was facing a huge mosquito menace. Several families had already spent large sums of money for the treatment of malaria and filariasis, but it was of no avail. Sreenu Bathina, a non-residential Indian (NRI) hailing from the village approached the Bayer team when the mosquito infestation showed no signs of abatement and had turned into a huge health scare for the villagers.
The Bayer team quickly sprung into action and met the representatives of the Village Council of Chirrikurapadu. The team conducted inspections across the village and identified breeding sites and places where structural changes were needed, to prevent the mosquito-friendly situation. This was supported by training and awareness initiatives. The youth of the village was trained to perform fogging, indoor residual spray and larviciding operations. Bayer products used in the mosquito-control operations included: Barcelo® GR, Bi-LarvTM, Kingfog® and K-Othrine® 2.5 WP.
Speaking about the initiative, Peter Mueller, Head of the Crop Science division, South Asia, said: “We have been able to create better living conditions for a community, with our products and solutions. Moving forward, we want to create progressive change by educating and training affected communities on vector-control measures. This will help protect lives, improve health and safeguard the communities’ future.”
After the mosquito-control operations in Chirrikurapadu, the Bayer team continues to be in contact with the villagers and makes regular visits to the village, to oversee the vector-control activities. Today, not only has the mosquito density reduced considerably, the villagers have been able to sleep during the night even outdoors.
The sponsor for the project, Sreenu Bathina was really impressed with the solutions provided and did a video campaign to spread awareness among other villagers and interested NRI communities who can adopt these villages. To date, three more NRIs have shown an interest and the Bayer team is working with them to provide sustainable solutions for integrated vector management.
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