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Insect Shield® Donates Holiday Gift Funds to Anti-Malaria Project

The management and employees of Insect Shield, makers of the first-ever EPA-registered insect-repellent clothing, have made a decision to donate the money normally spent on holiday gifts to the Cacique Isaias Rodriguez Memorial Anti-Malaria Project.

Instead of holiday cards and chocolates, each Insect Shield brand partner will receive an e-card stating that a donation has been made on their behalf, to help reduce the rate of malaria infection amongst the indigenous people, Ye’kuana and Sanema, who are the exclusive residents of the upper section of the Ventuari River – the Alto Ventuari – in Amazonas State, Venezuela.

The Cacique Isaias Rodriguez Memorial Anti-Malaria Project, with the support of AMURTEL (an international relief organization), delivers Insect Shield-treated mosquiteros (specially designed bed nets for use with hammocks) to indigenous people who live in Amazonas State, Venezuela. Mosquiteros have proven to be the most effective means of protection against the spread of malaria in Amazonas. They also help protect against Chagas disease, another dangerous insect-spread disease that is on the rise in the area.

“We are grateful to participate in the Cacique Isaias Rodriguez Memorial Anti-Malaria Project,” says Rick Hemmerling, Insect Shield’s vice president of business development. “Being able to offer our technology to help save lives is always gratifying and it helps us understand the challenges of malaria-control programs and the need for specialized products. The holidays are also a good time to reflect on additional ways we can help others in need,” continues Hemmerling.

In recent years the Alto Ventuari region of the Amazon basin has experienced a deadly rise in the number of malaria infections. Both the Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum type of malaria are present. Up to 50% of the infections in the Alto Ventuari are caused by the P. falciparum organism, the most dangerous form of malaria. P. falciparum often leads to the rapid death of the victim. The indigenous people of Amazonas are some of the poorest in Venezuela and often live in physically isolated communities, far from medical services. Malaria can strike any person exposed to an infected mosquito, but it is young children and pregnant women who are most likely to die of the disease.

“I firmly believe that individuals can change the lives of our fellow human beings through direct action,” says Steve Baker, project coordinator. “Insect Shield’s holiday initiative will help me protect the lives of Ye’kuana and Sanema indigenous people from the deadly scourge of malaria. To me, that is the true meaning of peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.”

For more details about how to support the Cacique Isaias Rodriguez Memorial Anti Malaria Project visit,

About Insect Shield Technology:
In July 2003, Insect Shield introduced the first EPA-registered insect-repellent apparel. Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel technology provides effective, invisible and odorless protection against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings. Insect Shield® Repellent Gear technology is proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas through six months of constant exposure to weathering (sun/rain). Insect Shield technology has the potential to be an important tool in the battle against insect-borne diseases and improve the health of people worldwide. In partnership with a number of agencies and international relief organizations, Insect Shield technology is being used for apparel and other items that people use daily to aid in protection against insects. For more information visit

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