NEW YORK, April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As the world comes together on April 25, World Malaria Day, to shed light on the ever-present malaria epidemic, Moskeeto Armor will step up existing efforts in Africa and expand them to other parts of the world.
Less than five years old, Moskeeto Armor was developed by CEO Robin R. Crespo worked with friends to develop clothing to repel mosquitoes that transmit Malaria, Zika and other vector-borne diseases.
"Malaria kills over 1,000,000 Africans per year and in Nigeria alone, 1,000 children die every day," said Crespo. "Our company was built on the premise that by simply providing protective clothing, we can help save the lives of some of our most vulnerable. However, today we are witnessing these events in countries beyond Nigeria, and even right here in the U.S."
Moskeeto Armor was successfully clinically field-tested in Nigeria in 2014. When worn by children as a standalone product, Moskeeto Armor was 90% effective at reducing the malaria infection rate, and when combined with a bed net, the Moskeeto Armor combination was 97% effective at stopping the spread of malaria. As a result, the company is currently working with governments in areas of the world where populations are most at risk for both Malaria and Zika.
The World Health Organization released a fact sheet on the Zika virus and, although there is no vaccine currently available for the virus, the organization noted that "The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites." With the recent Zika outbreak in the United States, Moskeeto Armor is now considering an American strategy.
Thanks to high-profile events like the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, the volume of international travel will reach high levels this year, so demand for this gear will be high.
Crespo is also working aggressively to seek out key partnerships, with organizations such as the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, led by the former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
"The simple principle of 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself' lays a foundation of commitment to protecting nations," said former President Jonathan. "These crises caused by such small insects, transmitting these deadly diseases, have devastated so many lives across Africa and the world, but with one just as small idea, there is hope for a better tomorrow."
SOURCE Moskeeto Armor