Nairobi, June 28, 2017: WS Insight, East Africa’s leading risk management company, and the largest employer of security staff in South Sudan, today distributed 6,000 Mosquito nets to all its employees to guard themselves against malaria as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.
While helping to distribute the nets this morning, WS insight Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tony Sugden noted, “There are lots of ways as an employer that you can show a duty of care to your employees, but we think it’s important to combine personal security at work (which every employer should reasonably be able to provide) with the health and welfare of your employees at home. We want to keep our staff and their families safe against the dangers of mosquitos at home, as part of our duty of care to our staff, who after all are critical to the effectiveness of our business.”
Malaria is one of the leading causes of death and morbidity worldwide. In 2015, nearly half of the world's population was at risk of malaria with most malaria cases and deaths occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the latest WHO estimates, released in December 2016, there were 212 million cases of malaria in 2015 and 429 000 deaths. In 2016, Malaria outbreaks in South Sudan were on the rise with United Nations Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs reporting 1.6 million malaria cases in January alone.
This was partly blamed on shortage of drugs for treating the disease, as well as minimal adoption of preventive measures, such as the insecticidal net, which is one of the most effective and long-lasting protections against Malaria infections.
A mosquito net lasts three years and protects up to two people over that period. In addition to distribution of Mosquito nets, WS Insight communicates malaria safety and health messages widely among its staff in South Sudan, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Tanzania and organises regular training by welfare officers.