Kimberly- Clark Partnering with Malaria No More and Mothers in Kenya to Help Babies Thrive

Mothers Against Malaria
Aug 5, 2016 11:15 AM ET

Parents everywhere want their babies to be happy and healthy. But mosquito-borne diseases like malaria threaten their safety. There were an estimated 214 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2015, mostly affecting pregnant women and babies. And sadly, 91 percent of those who died from the disease were in Africa.

Inspired by our vision to lead the world in essentials for a better life, we’re motivated to help babies thrive in communities around the world. We know that millions of parents throughout Africa trust our Huggies brand of diapers to keep their babies dry and clean, which also means happy and healthy. 

We quickly learned that mothers and babies in Kenya didn't just need nets - in some cases they needed awareness and even help with treatment. But to make this happen, we knew that we needed a partner.


Our involvement began several years ago. We had begun exploring how non-woven materials, like those used in our Huggies brand of diapers, could potentially be used to make mosquito nets. At the same time, our team in Brazil had developed an insect repellant specially designed to be safe for infants. Together, these two projects got us thinking about other ways we could contribute to the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases.

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