Burkina Faso anti-malaria soap aims to save 100,000 lives by end-2018 - CNBC Africa

Burkina Faso anti-malaria soap aims to save 100,000 lives by end-2018

Western Africa

by CNBC Africa Reporter and ITECH 0

Anti-malaria soap aims to save 100,000 lives by end of 2018. Photo: ITECH

Burkina Faso engineer has invented “one of the most promising preventative solutions against malaria” in an attempt to rid the developing world of the pandemic.

Gérard Niyondiko together with French engineering school, ITECH created a mosquito-repellent soap which repels mosquitos for up to six hours after use through a blend of naturally-occurring essential oils.

In 2015, Sub-Saharan Africa was home to 88 per cent of malaria cases and 90 per cent of malaria deaths. The life-threatening disease is caused by parasites transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes.

“Soap is used to wash both bodies and clothes and is one of the few products to be in 95 per cent of African households - not only is it a stable product but it is something that people use every day in Africa,” said Niyondiko, engineer and founder of Faso Soap.

An established soap distribution network will allow Faso Soap to reach the most remote areas and by distributing to just five countries, 50 per cent of the population at risk will be reached.

Crowdfunding the “100,000 Lives” campaign

“It is now time to move funding from the lab to commercial operations and finalise the most efficient formula against mosquitoes transmitting malaria,” Niyondiko said.

A fundraising campaign by Faso Soap - as the product is known - will run from April 12th until May 21st, aims to save 100,000 people from malaria by the end of 2018, in the effort of reducing World Health Organization statistics that say malaria kills a child every two minutes.

“With the collected funds on the Ulule crowdfunding site we will foster research on our existing prototypes,” said Gérard Niyondiko.

He adds: “33,000 dollars will allow us to fund efficiency and repellency tests in a specialized lab. With $66,000 we will also validate the impact of our soap on open environments. 112,000 dollars would further allow us to create our own lab and prepare the production phase.” 

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