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Commemorating World Malaria Day 2014

World Malaria Day recognizes the global effort to control and end deaths from malaria. Occurring on April 25 each year, it provides an opportunity for advocates to raise awareness and generate support for the fight against this disease.

The 2014 ExxonMobil World Malaria Day theme is "Invest in the Future; Defeat Malaria". This year, ExxonMobil participated in a number of activities on and around World Malaria Day in order to highlight the progress our partners have made against this disease and to recruit more champions for these efforts.

Global Activities
In honor of World Malaria Day, ExxonMobil announced more than $10 million in new grants to support lifesaving programs across Africa and in the Pacific Rim, where the disease is a major threat to health and economic development.

Timed to the occasion, Suzanne McCarron, President of the ExxonMobil Foundation, published an op-ed about the widespread economic benefits of investing in malaria. Dr. Ana Margarida Setas-Ferreira, the Regional Advisor for Community and Public Health at the ExxonMobil Corporation, also authored an opinion piece about the need to combat malaria from many angles.

Activities in Africa
ExxonMobil participated in key activities across Africa to educate individuals, raise public awareness and help fight the spread of malaria in recognition of World Malaria Day. Working with partners in Africa, these World Malaria Day initiatives include:

  • In Nigeria, promoting the expansion of Malaria No More’s landmark NightWatch campaign, which encourages communities to use bed nights each night.
  • In Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania, supporting Grassroot Soccer’s Malaria Day soccer tournaments and malaria education and testing workshops.
  • In Cameroon, working with CCA SIDA to educate local communities about malaria through workshops and a malaria march. 
  • In Chad, partnering with Jhpiego to organize a malaria walk and radio interviews about need to combat malaria. 
  • In Angola, participating in Population Services International’s theater productions about preventing and treating malaria. 

Learn more about our participation in this initiative.