- Funding supports research, health services and developing the next generation of global health leaders
- $170 million invested in combatting malaria since 2000
- 650,000 health workers trained, more than 3 million rapid diagnostic kits delivered
IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ExxonMobil
today said it renewed its support for local and global organizations
committed to ending malaria around the world. This year’s grants total
$7.36 million and will continue the company’s longstanding commitment to
reducing the global burden of malaria, a disease that still leads to an
estimated 445,000 deaths annually despite being preventable, treatable
initiative helps to advance progress against the disease by working
with nonprofit partners to build health system capacity, further malaria
education, advance research and development, improve access to tools for
prevention and treatment and support rising global health leaders.
“Investing in the next generation of leaders is crucial to winning the
fight against malaria,” said Kevin Murphy, president of the ExxonMobil
Foundation. “We recognize the importance of supporting and inspiring
young scientists, health workers and decision-makers to drive progress
toward ending this deadly disease.”
ExxonMobil works with partners across
Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Nigeria, Papua
New Guinea and Tanzania to advocate for solutions to fight the disease.
Planned activities and public events to recognize World Malaria Day
include voluntary testing and counseling sessions, mosquito net
distribution, community clean-up campaigns, school engagements and
public awareness campaigns in ExxonMobil affiliates around the world.
Since 2000, ExxonMobil has partnered with the world’s leading global
health organizations to reach more than 125 million people with the
tools and training they need to fight malaria. ExxonMobil has invested a
total of $170 million in malaria programs, supporting the delivery of
14.4 million bed nets to prevent mosquito bites, the administration of
4.7 million antimalarial treatments and the distribution of over 3
million rapid diagnostic kits. The company has also supported the
training of nearly 650,000 health workers.
Atai Okokon, an alumna of the ExxonMobil Global Health Scholar program
at the University of Oxford, has benefited from ExxonMobil’s programs
and is using her training to combat the disease back home in Nigeria.
“I decided to pursue a degree in global health because I wanted to be a
leader and change the world,” she said. “As a pharmacist and a public
health advocate, I use the knowledge that I gained at Oxford to defeat
malaria in Nigeria.”
2018 grant recipients include:
Global Health Scholars at the University of Oxford, to train
emerging young leaders in a global health-focused graduate studies
Health Corps, to provide opportunities for young professionals to
work on the front lines of global health in skills-based, yearlong
Soccer, to use the convening power of soccer to increase awareness
of malaria and HIV/AIDS among young people across Africa through
T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to advance scientific knowledge
and understanding to advance progress toward the eradication of
Global Health, to strengthen health education and delivery by
meeting long-term health care human resource needs in countries facing
a dire shortage of health professionals.
ADPP Angola, Africare, Baylor University, CDC Foundation, Friends of the
Global Fight, Jhpiego, Malaria No More, Medicines for Malaria Venture,
PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, Population Services International,
President’s Malaria Initiative, Special Olympics, and the Worldwide
Antimalarial Resistance Network also received grants for 2018.
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About the ExxonMobil Foundation
The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon
Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) in the United States. The foundation and
corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance
education, promote women as catalysts for economic development and
combat malaria. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to
improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education
levels. In 2016, the ExxonMobil Foundation together with Exxon Mobil
Corporation, its divisions and affiliates along with employees and
retirees, provided $242 million in contributions worldwide.
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