The key project “Faso Soap” aims to create a healthy soap, which is also affordable and able to repel Anopheles mosquitoes at least 3h after use. The major technical challenge of this project is to ensure long-lasting protection after rinsing with water. The team joined forces with Capsulæ in order to design microcapsules to take up the challenge.
“We were immediately attracted by the project’s ambition and social utility” Arnaud Picot (CEO of Capsulæ) emphasizes. From a scientific point of view, it is a difficult product to create.
Microcapsules resistant to the industrial manufacturing process
The issue is to include microcapsules in the soap which are able to resist the industrial process of manufacture, but can also stick to the skin while washing, resist the rinsing step and gradually release the repulsive substances they contain after the shower” Gisèle Ongmayeb, the company’s Head of Research and Development, added.
Once the various microcapsules are created, they are incorporated into industrial soaps. They are then to be tested on mosquito populations within the National Center for Research and Training for Malaria (CNRFP) in Ouagadougou. “With Capsulæ, we are creating a new generation of mosquito repellent products which suit the local needs. The energy, support and skills of their team give us the means to meet our ambitions. We are proud of this collaboration” Gérard Niyondiko concludes.