Seaweed farmers in Zanzibar received 1,130 mosquito nets purchased with FMC employee contributions. These farmers sell to companies that supply FMC with seaweed. One-half of the nets were distributed on Pemba Island and the remaining nets were given to farmers on Unguja Island. The two islands compose Zanzibar.
According to Recarte "Bong" Cay-an, an FMC BioPolymer seaweed farming technician who covers East Africa, the farmers were thrilled to receive such a valuable and thoughtful gift. They assured Bong the nets will contribute to improved health in their families.
The distribution of nets was done in coordination with the U.S. Government’s "President's Malaria Initiative" that focuses on education about malaria, spraying house walls with insecticide, subsidizing mosquito nets to high risk groups (pregnant women and young children) and providing medicine.