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Source: CropLife International news release

Malaria is one of the world's most deadly diseases - in 2012 it caused an estimated 627,000 deaths, mostly among African children - and because the disease is spread by mosquitoes, members of the CropLife International Vector Control Team have become a major part of the global strategy to eradicate it.

To mark World Malaria Day, which takes place today, and World Health Day, which took place earlier this month and focused on all vector-borne diseases, the CropLife International Vector Control Team has launched a campaign called Block the Bite. The vector control industry said progress to reduce the threat of malaria had been impressive, but that efforts to overcome the disease completely should be increased.

Egon Weinmueller, chairman of the Vector Control Team at CropLife International, said: "As insecticide-treated, long-lasting nets have been more widely used and indoor residual spraying has increased, incidences of malaria have fallen. Between 2000 and 2012 global malaria mortality dropped by 42% and a conservative estimate is that insecticides have helped to save at least 3 million children's lives. There is no doubt that insecticides are one of the best ways we have of winning the battle against malaria, but we must still do more."

"This year, the theme for World Malaria Day is "Invest in the Future. Defeat Malaria". We need to work collaboratively - through the public and private sectors - to ensure regulatory and financial hurdles are overcome so that new insecticide solutions are brought to the market to tackle the mosquito threat going forward. We need to keep innovating to eradicate this disease."

Mr Weinmueller added that the vector control industry was working to defeat all vector-borne diseases.

"Block the Bite is about raising awareness of the industry contribution to vector-control - not just for malaria but also dengue fever, river blindness, yellow fever and others - through the development of innovative products and partnerships with NGOs, national governments, public health bodies and intergovernmental organizations," he said.

About the CropLife International Vector Control Team

The CropLife International Vector Control Team is made up of members who aim to make sustainable and lasting contributions to the fight against malaria and other vector-borne diseases. Together we are working to maximize our contributions with existing, proven interventions and are continuously seeking to advance new and innovative vector control tools.

Member companies of CropLife International working on vector control are BASF, Bayer, Sumitomo Chemical and Syngenta. Other specialized manufacturers working on the CropLife International Vector Control Team are Vestergaard Frandsen, Bestnet, NRS (Tana Netting) and Shobikaa Impex.

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