Vestergaard is an international company dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people, most of whom live in developing countries. Our game-changing solutions contribute to a healthier, more sustainable planet by fighting malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases and neglected tropical diseases. Additional company initiatives are focused on mitigating climate change and enhancing food security.
Vestergaard is the largest producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets. Our PermaNet® bed nets have played a significant role in last decade’s highly successful fight against malaria. More than half a billion PermaNet® bed nets have contributed to the reduction in deaths from malaria by more than one third.
Breakthrough solutions also include the award-winning LifeStraw® water filter, which was named "One of Ten Things that Will Change the Way we Live" by Forbes magazine. The portable version of LifeStraw® has been deployed following almost every natural disaster since 2005, and the family version is the backbone of the LifeStraw® Carbon for Water™ campaign in Kenya. This is the world’s largest privately funded household water program, providing more than 4.5 million Kenyans with sustainable access to clean and safe drinking water.
Vestergaard is headquartered in Switzerland and has offices around the world where highly skilled staff members work with stakeholders to ensure global reach with local support. We’re proud to be a valued and trusted partner to governments, aid agencies, NGOs, faith-based groups and the private sector.
Vestergaard operates according to a humanitarian entrepreneurship business model, whereby doing good is good business. Following this model, the company devotes its entire innovative platform to producing breakthrough products and solutions for disadvantaged people. In doing so, we make money and improve human welfare at the same time.
We produce technologically advanced products that often make the difference between life and death for end users. And, we continuously question the status quo when devising state-of-the-art health tools and novel ways of financing their timely deployment.
Research Driven Innovation
True innovation requires a passion to make things better, the desire to challenge the status quo and a willingness to take calculated risks. These traits are all hallmarks of Vestergaard, and evident from the time a product is conceived through its development and continued refinement.
Our passion for success begins with the heavy investments we make in scientific research and development that spur the creation of new products and the refinement of current ones. We lean heavily on scientific evidence creation to ensure that all of our products operate efficiently and effectively.
Vestergaard has a state-of-the art laboratory in Hanoi, Vietnam to monitor and analyze our vector control and water filtration products and a specialized vector and water research center in Accra, Ghana.
The company's team of experts involved in various aspects of product development, optimization and evidence creation includes engineers, chemists, pharmacologists and entomologists. They work hand-in-hand with the company’s water and vector labs and with scientists from leading universities around the world.
Extensive product testing is conducted outside of the laboratory environment where products are reviewed by independent third parties who verify their performance and user acceptability in the field. Esteemed colleagues are from research institutes such as the Centers for Disease Control, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Zurich Technical University and the United States Department of Agriculture. In-country research partnerships are also forged with Ministries of Health, NGOs and other organizations to tailor research objectives and to ensure high uptake and utilization of information. Data from field trials is used for continual product development, and is published in internationally renowned peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Unlike the majority of companies that sell directly to end users, most recipients of Vestergaard’s humanitarian products don’t have money to pay for them. Instead, they’re bought, in large quantities, by governments, aid agencies, NGOs, faith-based groups and the private sector. These valued partners then work with Vestergaard to distribute the company’s life-saving products to disadvantaged people around the world.
Vestergaard has led the private sector in fostering meaningful dialogue with influential partners and stakeholders including governments, donor groups and non-government organizations. The company works hand-in-hand with these groups to further the development of policies, procedures and scientific advances that can improve the plight of vulnerable people around the world.
Vestergaard also works with many local partners to deliver products to in-country destinations rather than simply shipping them to the container port, as is the case with many suppliers. This ensures seamless, on-time delivery to the end destination. The company’s intimate knowledge of these markets and its network of strategically located warehouse facilities help program implementers distribute products affordably and efficiently.
In some cases, Vestergaard even delivers products to the homes of people living in the most remote locations. Such was the case when about 880,000 LifeStraw® Family water filters were delivered to an entire community in Kenya’s Western Province.