ExxonMobil has marked World Malaria Day by participating in events across Africa and announcing more than US$ 10 million in new grants to support lifesaving programs across Africa and in the Pacific Rim.
The grants from ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation will go to support a range of research, advocacy, treatment and prevention programs with the aim of accelerating progress against malaria, which kills more than 627 000 people every year.
Suzanne McCarron, President of the ExxonMobil Foundation, commented: “We have seen firsthand how the lives of ExxonMobil workers, families and communites are directly harmed by malaria – and improved by the efforts of our partners on the front line fighting the disease. Together, we are investing in sustainable solutions to help people live a healthy life without the burden of malaria.”
ExxonMobil has been committed to fighting malaria for over a decade and has donated more than US$ 120 million to programs that are helping more than 105 million people.
Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria Partnership, said: “The private sector has a crucial role to play in defeating malaria and alleviating poverty. The engagement of ExxonMobil shows how public-private partnerships provide the resources, knowledge and expertise that drives progress in the global fight malaria, which in turn drives development”.
ExxonMobil donations will be invested in the following:
Utilising the convening power of soccor in order to educate and mobilize youth in Nigeria, Equitorial Guineas and Tanzanaia to protect themselves and their communities against malaria.
Seed global health
Placing medical volunteers in tropical disease setting to train the next generation of healthcare professionals.
Harvard Malaria Initiative
Supporting Dr. Regina Rabinovich at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she is advancing innovative strategies to combat malaria.
Cameroon’s Business Coalition against Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS
Strengthening coordination between the private-sector response to malaria and other serious diseases.
Norwegian Red Cross
Conducting a low cost mobile phone malaria survey on use of bed nets, diagnostics and approved malaria treatments in affected communities in West Africa.
PATH Malaria Vaccination Intiative (MVI)
Educating and training African health officials and opinion leaders to advocate for effective implementation policies in advance of the potential 2015 introduction of a malaria vaccine.
Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.
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