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Leo Burnett’s Mosquito Repellent Newspaper Earns the Highest Honour

The Dengue Newspaper Team
The Dengue Newspaper Team
Leo Burnett Solutions Inc., (LBSI) the local office of the global
advertising network Leo Burnett Worldwide scored an ‘8 Ball’ for its ‘Mosquito
Repellent Newspaper’ at the recent Leo Burnett Worldwide Global Product
Committee (GPC) meeting held in Paris. The global GPC meeting which is held quarterly
each year evaluates the best work of all 93 Leo Burnett offices from around the
on the GPC, Mark Tutssel, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett Worldwide,
stated, “The GPC is not an awards show. This is a quality control measure to
ensure that our work is of the calibre we expect from our network. It’s the
global product committee and the product is king. We all work for the work.
What I love about the ‘Mosquito Repellent Newspaper’ is that it is a solution.
To have a national newspaper do something to combat a massive problem such as
Dengue is huge.

The GPC Team in Paris
The GPC Team in Paris

Creativity is the logical conclusion to brilliant thinking. It
all starts with the idea.”  Juan
Garcia-Escudero, Executive Creative Director of Leo Burnett Madrid further
added, “To generate an idea that makes our client’s product better, that’s
really amazing.”

on this achievement, Managing Director of Leo Burnett Sri Lanka, Ranil de Silva
stated, “The agency’s team is passionate about ideas and the ‘Mosquito Repellent
Newspaper’ was a brilliant idea which was topical and timely. The simplicity of
the idea was what made it brilliant. I congratulate Sithum for his very
innovative idea. I would also like to commend the entire team for their
outstanding effort. To score an ‘8 Ball’ at the GPC is an outstanding
achievement and I am very proud of our team on this accomplishment.”  
GPC scale is a Leo Burnett tool, which rates the creativity of the network’s
work in an effort to standardize and raise the creative bar for all the work
done by the company. The best work sent by all the Leo Burnett offices worldwide
is rated by the network’s creative greats. On Leo Burnett’s scale of 1-10, the benchmark
every Burnetter strives for is a ‘7+’. Only eleven8 Balls’ were awarded at this quarter’s GPC and Sri Lanka was the
only office in Asia to be rewarded with an ‘8 Ball’ score and the ‘Mosquito
Repellent Newspaper’ was the only ‘8 Ball’ awarded in the ‘Integrated’ category’.
Dengue, the deadly mosquito-borne
disease had reached epidemic proportions in Sri Lanka. With over 30,000 people
infected in the country in early 2013, the disease had claimed too many lives,
including the lives of young children. People read the newspaper in
the early morning and evening – the very time the Dengue mosquito is known to
strike. This led to the idea that if the ink used to print the
newspaper was infused with citronella oil – a natural mosquito repellent, each
letter of every word printed in the newspaper would help eradicate the threat
of Dengue. 
The campaign
began with striking print advertisements that featured illustrations of the
various letters in the alphabet blocking out a dengue mosquito. This campaign was
also shared extensively on Facebook. This concept was used in posters to reach people
at prominent bus stops as well. The posters were coated with citronella essence
to protect the people at the bus stops from Dengue mosquitos. In addition,
patches with the Sinhala alphabet printed with citronella ink were also issued
to school children. These patches displayed the children’s initials and acted
as personal protection from the mosquito.
Finally, on
the last day of National Dengue Prevention Week, which was also World Health
Day, Mawbima in partnership with LBSI
published the world’s first mosquito repellent newspaper in an effort to
communicate and demonstrate how to prevent Dengue. Newspapers are traditionally
a source of information, but for the first time a newspaper carried both
information and an
active method for Dengue prevention.

advertising creates a bond between people and brands. This belief is what Leo
Burnett’s HumanKind philosophy is all about: through a deep understanding of
people and their behaviour the agency endeavours to build lasting connections.  HumanKind works by relating with people, then
engaging with them in order to build an enduring purpose for brands. ‘Acts’
with a purpose are central to the HumanKind philosophy. Unlike traditional ads,
‘Acts’ have the ability to transform the way a person thinks, feels and
ultimately, behaves. 

About Leo Burnett and Arc Worldwide (

Leo Burnett Company, Inc.,
comprising the Leo Burnett brand agency and marketing partner Arc Worldwide, is
one of the world’s largest agency networks and a subsidiary of the Publicis Groupe (, the world’s fourth-largest communications company. Leo
Burnett holds people at the centre of its strategic thinking, technological
innovation and creative ideas, focusing first and foremost on human behaviour
before attempting to tell a brand’s story.

With this approach, Leo Burnett ensures that people who buy into client brands
believe in them all the more. With expertise in mass advertising and digital,
promotional and retail marketing, Leo Burnett partners with blue-chip clients
such as The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, Kellogg, McDonald’s, Procter &
Gamble and Samsung.  The company has won more advertising awards for
campaign effectiveness than any other agency in the last six years in the U.S.,
has been heralded as a “pioneer on the frontier of marketing” and continues to
be ranked as one of the world’s top five creatively awarded networks worldwide.

About Leo Burnett
Solutions Inc. (

Leo Burnett Solutions Inc., the local representative of Leo Burnett Worldwide,
was established in Sri Lanka in June 1999, and is headed by Ranil de Silva. The
agency which employees 81 of the country’s best professionals on its team has
made a considerable impact in the local communications industry.

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