Repellent spray in the yellow bottle. Protection from the mosquito and other insect. Aerosol for bug bite prevention. Vector illustration in cartoon style

Continuing its efforts to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, SC Johnson announced the donation of more than 26,000 units of OFF! repellents to Instituto Dara and Casa Ronald to support at-risk families in Rio de Janeiro. The announcement comes in recognition of the National Day to Combat Dengue on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The donations took place during a period when the state of Rio de Janeiro has already recorded a 300 percent increase in dengue cases, compared to the period between January and October 2021, according to the State Health Secretariat (SES) of Rio de Janeiro. In Brazil, the number of dengue cases grew by 189 percent leading to October, according to data from the Ministry of Health. In this same period, Zika registrations grew 98.8 percent, and chikungunya grew 89.4 percent.

This initiative is part of the Mosquito Awareness Program, which has served more than 25,000 people since 2018, with the donation of more than 250,000 units of Exposis and OFF!. The program aims to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by providing families with education on how to protect themselves from insect bites.

“We thank SC Johnson for donating repellents, which were very important in helping us maintain the quality of care and the well-being of our guests. Casa Ronald do Rio always counts on your partnership and is honored to be contemplated with donations that contribute to the health and comfort of families undergoing cancer treatment,” said Sonia Neves, president of Casa Ronald McDonald RJ. 

In addition to donating repellents, SC Johnson also held lectures for communities at Instituto Dara and Casa Ronald on the best ways to protect against mosquito bites and diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, such as dengue, Zika, chikungunya and malaria.

“Providing communities at risk of mosquito-borne diseases the education and resources to help protect themselves is critical," says Vera Cordeiro, founder and president of the Board of Directors of Instituto Dara. “We are grateful for this partnership in working to educate, prevent and protect the families we serve.”

For more than 60 years, SC Johnson has been dedicated to mosquito research. At the SC Johnson Center for Insect Science and Family Health, one of the world’s largest private, urban entomology research centers, Applied Entomology Research is a significant area of focus. 

SC Johnson researchers work to understand and manage insects, with expertise in insect biology, physiology, ecology, behavior and toxicology, infestation management and the prevention of insect-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue and Zika.