Grameen and BASF went into a joint venture because there are area's in Bangladesh where there is a high risk of catching Malaria (58K newly infected in 2007). The product created is a mosquito net to protect against malaria, which that families would sleep under. Half a million nets have already been produced. The idea of the joint venture was to develop affordable products for the poor that could protect them from deadly diseases. Grameen BASF have also started the production of micronutrient sachets to sprinkle on food, which provides essential nutrients that are missing from the poors daily diets.