Mortein Unveils New Initiative With Dentsu Creative To Fight Malaria

The aim is to leverage the everyday habit of applying teeka and to educate on protection from vector-borne diseases

Mortein and Dentsu Creative India unveil their new initiative ‘Suraksha Ka Teeka’ to participate in the fight against malaria in Bareilly. The awareness program is launched with the aim to leverage the everyday habit of applying teeka and to educate on protection from vector-borne diseases.

Saurabh Jain, Regional Marketing Director, Hygiene, Reckitt, South Asia states, "At Reckitt, we believe in leaving no one behind and Mortein has been consistently working to make a difference and provide protection against mosquito-borne diseases. We recently partnered with Malaria No More to launch the ‘Mission Zero Malaria’ program in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh with the aim to work towards India’s goal of eliminating Malaria by 2030. With our latest association with Dentsu on, ‘Suraksha Ka Teeka’, we are leveraging an age-old tradition by reformulating the teeka to fight vectors of Malaria and Dengue. Ideas like this, backed by science, will help us eradicate unscientific beliefs which are in practice, ensuring better overall protection.”

The idea behind the campaign is to mirror the everyday tradition followed in most Indian households, applying kaala teeka on their children’s forehead to protect them from buri nazar (evil eye) is now revamped as ‘Suraksha Ka Teeka’ and has been distributed as part of an awareness campaign against malaria. 

Aalap Desai, Chief Creative Officer, Creative Experience, West, Dentsu Creative India commented, “It is rare to have an idea like this. An idea that turned into a concept. An idea that used tradition in a way that’s never been used before. An idea made possible because of a visionary client. An idea that is so simple and yet, is doing the most difficult thing ever - educating about the menace of mosquitoes. We are both proud and honoured to be part of the journey.”