Fighting Malaria

Since 1950, Hudson have been advocating for public health programs that remove the threat to life and human well-being. Malaria has one of the largest histories of causing pain, suffering and death to millions of people in many parts of the world.

Malaria is transmitted from the mosquito to humans when the mosquito seeks a blood meal thru a bite. In our advocacy, we recognise that Malaria has been eradicated in many parts of the world. Many island nations have eliminated Malaria from their territory. Those with a follow-through program swiftly isolate any person who later comes down with the disease and they also do selective spraying to eradicate of the carrier.

History

Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems world-wide, and occurs mostly in poor, tropical and subtropical areas. It is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, where young children and pregnant women are the groups most affected.

Africa is the most affected due to a combination of factors:

  • A very efficient mosquito (Anopheles Gambiae complex) is responsible for high transmission.
  • The predominant parasite species is Plasmodium falciparum, which is the species that is most likely to cause severe malaria and death.
  • Local weather conditions often allow transmission to occur year round.
  • Scarce resources and socio-economic instability have hindered efficient malaria control activities

Malaria occurs mostly in poor, tropical and subtropical areas of the world

In other areas of the world, Malaria is a less prominent cause of deaths, but can cause substantial disease and incapacitation, especially in rural areas of some countries in South America and South Asia.

The solution

For individuals, personal protection against mosquito bites represents the first line of defence for Malaria prevention. Indoor residual spraying with insecticides is a powerful way to rapidly reduce Malaria transmission. Its full potential is realised when at least 80% of houses in targeted areas are sprayed.

Indoor spraying is effective for 3–6 months, depending on the insecticide used and the type of surface on which it is sprayed. DDT can be effective for 9–12 months in some cases. Longer-lasting forms of existing spraying insecticides, as well as new classes of insecticides for use in spraying programs, are under development.

According to the World Health Organization, vector control is the only intervention that can reduce malaria transmission from very high levels to close to zero at the community level. (Source: World Health Organization, World Malaria Report 2013.)

Preventable and curable

The experience we have gained producing the best sprayers for agriculture and world health simply means that we have more knowledge about how to build better performing sprayers than anyone in the industry. Our X-Pert® brand disease vector control sprayer has been found fully compliant with all of the requirements of the World Health Organization Equipment for Vector Control Specification Guidelines, outlined by the WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme. It also complies with the original WHO Specification as certified by the International Pesticide Application Research Centre, a WHO collaborating centre.

Hudson is a leader in the world-wide efforts to improve community health through disease vector control. Founded in 1905 by H.D. Hudson, the company has established a world-wide reputation for quality and service. During World War II, Hudson produced an enormous quantity of sprayers and dusters for USA forces overseas for their
own use and for use with refugees to help control malaria and other insect-borne diseases.