Mortein And DENTSU CREATIVE India Conceptualize ‘Suraksha Ka Teeka’ To Participate In The Fight Against Malaria

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Turning an old tradition of ‘teeka’ to fight the contemporary evil, malaria

Reckitt’s household insecticide brand, Mortein and DENTSU CREATIVE India came together to unveil their new initiative ‘Suraksha Ka Teeka’ to participate in the fight against malaria in Bareilly. The awareness program is launched with the aim to leverage the everyday habit of applying ‘teeka’ and to educate on protection from vector-borne diseases.

The everyday tradition followed in most Indian households, across the nation, of applying ‘kaala teeka’ on their children’s forehead to protect them from ‘buri nazar’ (evil eye) is now revamped as ‘Suraksha Ka Teeka’ and has been distributed as part of an awareness campaign against malaria. The teeka has been reformulated at Mortein Advanced Research Lab and infused with natural ingredients, such that it would act as a natural mosquito repellent. Innovated in 2022, the teeka was distributed to mothers via an awareness campaign in Bareilly district which contributed to approx. 50% of all malaria cases are in the biggest state of India, Uttar Pradesh.

Saurabh Jain, Regional Marketing Director, Hygiene, Reckitt- South Asia said, "At Reckitt, we believe in leaving no one behind and Mortein has been consistently working to make a difference and provide protection against mosquito-borne diseases. We recently partnered with Malaria No More to launch ‘Mission Zero Malaria’ program in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh with the aim to work towards India’s goal of eliminating Malaria by 2030. With our latest association with Dentsu on, ‘Suraksha Ka Teeka’, we are leveraging an age-old tradition by reformulating the teeka to fight vectors of Malaria and Dengue. Ideas like this, backed by science, will help us eradicate unscientific beliefs which are in practice, ensuring better overall protection.”

Aalap Desai, Chief Creative Officer, Creative Experience, West, DENTSU CREATIVE India commented, “It is rare to have an idea like this. An idea that turned into a concept. An idea that used tradition in a way that’s never been used before. An idea made possible because of a visionary client. An idea that is so simple and yet, is doing the most difficult thing ever - educating about the menace of mosquitoes. We are both proud and honoured to be part of the journey.”

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Credit List:

Reckitt Team:

Saurabh Jain- Regional Marketing Director, Hygiene, Reckitt - South Asia  

Avijit Das- Director - Reckitt R&D - Global Pest Control Innovation   

Rashi Saraswat- Marketing Manager, Homecare & Pest, Reckitt

Romit Assudani- Brand Manager - Pest, Reckitt 


Fred Levron- Ex-Global Chief Creative Officer

John Bleeden- Global Chief Executive Officer

Jayme Blasko- Global Awards Director

Paola Motka- Global Awards Director

Collette Douaihy- EVP, Global Creative Lead

Eduardo Tavares- Executive Creative Director

Amit Wadhwa- Chief Executive Officer

Ajay Gahlaut – Ex-Group Chief Creative Officer

Aalap Desai-Chief Creative Officer, Digital Experience & West 

Heeru Dingra- Chief Business Officer 

Sahil Shah- President, Digital Experience

Anadi Sah- Group Executive Creative Director

Vibhor Yadav- Executive Creative Director

Ananya Rao- Creative Strategist 
Taj Ali Naqvi- Managing Partner – Films

Nitish Sarkar- Digital Production Head
Madhura Ranade- Executive Vice President

Ameya Mone- Creative Director, Copy

Hari Singh Rawat- Associate Creative Director, Art

Mitesh Mahadik- Group Head, Copy

Sanjay Kashyap- Group Head, Art

Srishti Jain- Creative Supervisor, Art

Jatin Wadhwa- Copywriter

Kundan Singh- Art Director

Navya Singh- Copy Intern

Chitiz Shandilya- Senior Executive Producer

Gautam Dhiman- Production Head

Rahul Aggarwal- Senior Video Editor

Reuben Hnamte- Motion Graphic Artist

Pawan Kumar Routh- Associate Group Head, Video Production

Nishant Mishra- Senior Director, Account Management

Juhi Chaudhary- Director, Account Management

Imtiyaz Vilatra- Managing Director, Posterscope  

Ajay Sundaram - National Business Head – Rural, Posterscope  

Anshuman Nandy- Business Director – Rural, Posterscope  

Divya Asthana - Senior Manager – Operations - Rural, Posterscope  

Gopal Mishra- Associate Manager – Operations – Rural, Posterscope  

Films Rajendra Team:

Neeraj Suji- Producer

Parvinder Kaur- Producer

Ashish Gupta- Director