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Insect Shield launches repellent relief blanket


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Kelli Day (World Vision)

Janine Robertson (Insect Shield)


Seattle, WA and Greensboro, NC (March 25, 2013) Every year, millions of people around the world are affected by insect-borne diseases. The impact of these preventable diseases on families, communities and the economies of developing countries is tremendous. To help in the fight against these diseases, Insect Shield is launching a repellent Relief Blanket designed to protect those most at risk.

Patent-pending Insect Shield Technology provides long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield apparel and gear is the result of years of research and testing. The new Insect Shield relief blanket offers built-in, odorless and effective protection. The blanket can be used by the entire family with no restrictions for use, it is machine-washable and no special care is required. The relief blanket dimensions are a generous 56” x 74” and it weighs a mere 18 ounces.

In partnership with international relief organizations, Insect Shield will make the relief blanket available to those at risk for dangerous insect-borne diseases.
World Vision® will be incorporating the Insect Shield relief blankets into their Promise Packs for distribution to children living in extreme poverty in Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Cambodia, Philippines, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Haiti and Nicaragua. In addition to the Insect Shield Relief Blanket, the World Vision Promise Packs are filled with school supplies and basic personal hygiene items that help children stay in school and stay healthy.

“World Vision uses a variety of interventions in our work to eliminate malaria in at-risk communities in the countries where we work,” says Martha Newsome, global director for health and WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) at World Vision. “We welcome the new Insect Shield relief blankets, along with insecticide-treated bed nets and in-home training as a critical component of our holistic approach in educating communities on malaria prevention.”

Insect Shield will also be introducing the Relief Blankets at The Aid and International Development Forum in Washington DC, 21-22 May 2013.

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About Insect Shield technology
Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel and Insect Shield® Repellent Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield apparel and gear is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps. For more information:

About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For more information on their efforts, visit WorldVision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews

About the World Vision Promise Pack program
The Promise Pack program is a hands-on, personal way for groups to reach out to children in hard-hit regions and to learn more about health and disaster challenges faced by millions on a daily basis. Click for more information.