We are a non-profit organization led by compassionate professionals who want to protect people from malaria and other mosquito born diseases. We are working with a worldwide team of scientists developing a range of novel technologies capable of inserting repellents/insecticides into textiles for Long Lasting Protection (patent pending).
Based on the recent discoveries, the Anti Malaria Fashion Foundation developed “Outside the Net Personal Protection Program”, a new tool in fighting residual transmission and mosquito resistance. The program includes clothing and bedding treatments locally, implementing existing LLINs and IRS infrastructure, village health committees, and NGOs.
The heart of the program is AMFF’s Outside the Net Personal Protection Project – a novel nanotechnology based personal protection intervention that will revolutionize control of residual malaria transmission by turning the everyday clothes of endemic populations into a Long Lasting Protective Shield. There has not been any vector control intervention since bed nets which could protect all populations at risk, especially children. The utilizing of existing clothing and habits promotes stronger compliance and greater community acceptability.
Mozzie Armor® manual application and Mozzie Armor® Textile for industrial application are two main products which were developed in response to an urgent call to address Protection ‘GAP’ when only indoor insecticide-based vector control measures are applied. We are considering the manual application in the rural villages in the endemic countries, washing machine application for urban areas and commercial applications for textile manufacturers in Africa and Asia.
Mozzie Armor® and Mozzie Armor® Textile treated clothing and textiles repel mosquitoes, ticks, black flies and other biting insects. The repellency is long lasting, easily scalable, withstanding 20-50-70 and more industrial washes without losing activity, dependent on the application protocol used. According to the recent studies, the resulting spatial repellency is at a min 40cm.
All applications are Safe, Efficient, Eco-Friendly and Cost-Effective. The cost of clothes treatment per person is comparable with the cost of LLINs. Currently, we are using IR3535 but the technology is adaptable to novel biocides as they become available.
The novel technology is adaptable for incorporation of the new biocides.
The goal of zero deaths from malaria cannot be achieved without eliminating the existing GAP of early evening and morning mosquito biting. We have the tools to close this GAP and help rid the world of malaria.
We just need the will, support, and money to do it!
The 9th Outdoor/Residual Transmission Work Stream Meeting (Roll Back Malaria) highlights the need for new tools: “Protective clothing is an important component of an effective overall strategy to address residual malaria transmission. Impregnated clothing, along with contact and spatial repellents/biocides are one class of products needed to address residual transmission. Other than an effective vaccine, personal anti-biting protection is the last defense against transmission not stopped by other means.”
Rafael N’Guessan and others reported the mortality of kdr resistant mosquitoes in the experiments with the repellent impregnated nets, including IR3535. “This indicates that synthetic repellents like IR3535 might constitute a useful tool to overcome pyrethroid-resistant of mosquitoes and to prevent malaria, given that currently there are very few alternatives to pyrethroids.”
Rafael N’Guessan, et al., Evaluation of synthetic repellents on mosquito nets in experimental huts against insecticide-resistant Anopheles gambiae and Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes, Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2006) 100, 1091—1097