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Our support for the earthquake victims in Nepal

Oct. 29, 2015

Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.

We would like to express our sympathy for all those who have been affected by the earthquake that occurred in Nepal Central on April 25.

Sumitomo Chemical donated mosquito net "Olyset® Net"*1 to disaster victims of the large-scale earthquake occurred on April 25 in Kathmandu northwest of Nepal, for malaria prevention.

The mosquito net was delivered to the local with the cooperation of Japan Embassy in Nepal and OCS "OVERSEAS COURIER SERVICE (INDIA) PVT.LTD.", a subsidiary of ANA group in India. The distribution of the net to the victims was coordinated by NPO Worldwide family.

Malaria*2 is endemic in Nepal in which 65 districts are at risk out of 75 districts, an average of 4-6 thousand people contracted Malaria every year. Usually during the monsoon season, there will be a significant rise in malaria cases. This is caused by the increase in stagnant water which contributes to the breeding of mosquitoes who are the carrier of malaria. In light of this situation, the Company, together with its subsidiary near Nepal, Sumitomo Chemical India Private Limited has decided to carry out the donation of the "Olyset® Net ". 

We sincerely wish for the earliest possible reconstruction of the affected areas.

  1. Olyset® Net is a mosquito net made from polyethylene fibers in which an insecticide is weaved into the fibers. It is highly durable and retains insecticidal efficacy for over five years even with repeated washings because the insecticide are released to the surface of the fibers gradually. It is an economical and effective means of protecting people from the mosquitoes that transmit malaria. Olyset® Net is the first net endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2001 as a long-lasting insecticidal net.
  2.  Malaria is an infectious disease primarily of tropical regions that is transmitted by Anopheles mosquitos. When a mosquito bites someone infected with malaria, the malaria parasite is transmitted to the mosquito, and the infection is transmitted to healthy people when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. In 2013, approximately 200 million people worldwide were infected by malaria, and approximately 58 million people have lost their lives to the disease.

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In the NPO worldwide family, we primarily support activities in Nepal called "HOME FOR BUDDHAS" Nepal Dr. Meena, who is also a director of educational support and life support of street children and school for the blind; self-support by vocational training and literacy education for impoverished women; life support for old man suffering from leprosy. With the aim for "self-reliance and education" and to strengthen the local system, we are now focusing on activities to help street children.