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Maynilad wins intl award for DIY dengue mosquito trap

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) won a Bronze Lion for Health and Wellness for its Anti-Dengue Mosquito Trap at the inaugural Lions Health Awards in Cannes, France last June.

Part of Cannes Lions, a global ad festival that recognizes creativity in communications, Lions Health gave out awards in two categories, Pharma and Health and Wellness. Out of more than 1,400 entries submitted, 66 were awarded Lions. Maynilad's design was one of 16 to be awarded a Bronze Lion in the Health and Wellness category.

The mosquito trap requires a plastic water bottle and small amounts of clean water, brown sugar and yeast. According to the company, "[t]he mixture produces carbon dioxide that attracts mosquitoes, trapping them in the bottle and killing them."

The mixture must be replaced every two weeks, it added.

The company partnered with the Department of Health and marketing communications firm Y&R Philippines for the project.

According to the DOH, 31,088 dengue cases have been recorded in the country from January 1 to July 2 this year, down 60.78 percent from the same period last year (79,274). There have been 134 deaths from the illness in 2014 so far. — BM, GMA News