Paint maker Kansai Plascon has taken the "Hold my hand to fFve" campaign to Northern Uganda with refurbishment of select schools and child centers around Gulu municipality.
The paint maker which launched the first Anti Mosquito Paint product in the market, powered by Kansai’s Knock down technology has embarked on painting schools across the country, with the new paint which disrupts the Mosquitoes nervous system and affecting it desire to feed
Speaking during the handover of repainted class room blocks to Mother Ludia Nursery and Primary School in Gulu last week, Plascon’s Retail Marketing Manager Tyron Immelmann said: “This is part of giving back to the communities in which they operate in”.
He said it is a sad realisation that there are over one million deaths due to malaria in Africa and huge steps have been made by Uganda to ensure that; Uganda is malaria free by 2021.
“And in understanding some of the challenges that our communities face we came up with the Anti-Mosquito Paint which is an additional vector control initiative, that will work with other existing mosquito control initiatives by the ministry of health, to help those most affected by malaria; who are children under the age of five and pregnant mothers. That’s what the Hold my Hand to five campaign is all about – it’s about us joining our communities and holding our children’s hands till they reach the age of five years old as every child has the opportunity to dream to reach something greater in our communities”, he added.
Statistics released by Malaria No More, an organization dedicated to eradicating the disease show that a 10 per cent decrease in malaria has been associated with a 3 per cent rise in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Patrick Kalong, health Assistant for Aswa country Gulu district said: “I want to appeal to Plascon that this should not stop here but extend it to other schools and child facilities across the region."