SC Johnson’s ongoing effort to provide up to $15 million in resources to help defend against the mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus, continues with a new partnership with AmeriCares. The firm today
“El Salvador, with one of the highest rates of Zika in Central America, has a pressing need for assistance. In the U.S., Florida has the highest number of travel-related cases of Zika and many residents who travel frequently to countries with Zika outbreaks. Personal repellent can help protect needy families against the spread of mosquito-borne disease in this state,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “Working with an organization like AmeriCares and its partner network allows us to get people the tools they need to protect themselves.”
Today’s donation to AmeriCares is the latest announcement in SC Johnson’s ongoing effort to provide up to $15 million in resources to help defend against the mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus. In coordination with the CDC Foundation, SCJ supported the Zika Action Plan Summit held by the White House and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 1, and also donated to the CDC’s Zika Prevention Kits. Additional donations have been made to the Rio de Janeiro-based Children’s Health Association and the County of Hawaii Civil Defense Agency.
“Prevention is key to management of the Zika virus,” said AmeriCares medical officer Julie Varughese. “We’re excited to be able to offer this repellent as a way for families in high-risk communities to reduce their risk of transmission.”