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Commemorating World Malaria Day 2015

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

To mark this World Malaria Day, ExxonMobil announced $10 million in new grants to raise public awareness of the disease and stop its spread in communities most at risk, continuing the company’s 15-year commitment to fighting malaria. 

Timed to the occasion, Suzanne McCarron, President of the ExxonMobil Foundation, authored an op-ed about the importance of applying the lessons learned from the recent Ebola outbreak to the fight against malaria, with a focus on improving data collection and building stronger health infrastructure. Several ExxonMobil Global Health Scholars at the University of Oxford also authored opinion pieces: Tochukwu Abadom wrote about the harmful effects of sub-standard malaria drugs in Nigeria, Sucheta Tiwari discussed the threat of drug-resistant malaria spreading to India, Lawal Yusuf posted a blog about mobilizing Nigeria’s health resources to defeat malaria and Robin Oge wrote an op-ed about the growing risk of P. vivax malaria in Papua New Guinea

With more than $140 million in investments since 2000, ExxonMobil is the largest private-sector grant-maker in the fight against malaria. The company leverages its business expertise and network to strengthen global health initiatives, and malaria programs funded by ExxonMobil have reached nearly 125 million people. The company’s Workforce Malaria Control Program offers prevention tools, early diagnosis and treatment to company employees and surrounding communities, and is a model for other malaria control initiatives.

Learn more about ExxonMobil’s work in malaria and global health in a new video about the ExxonMobil Global Health Scholars program, which supports outstanding students to pursue advanced degrees in global health at the University of Oxford and build careers in health. Hear how alumni Annette, Benita, Lawal, Pattie, Quazim, Robin, Sucheta and Tochukwu are changing the face of global health. Another video profiles ExxonMobil’s partner the Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network, a global consortium of researchers working to prevent the spread of antimalarial drug resistance. 

Activities in Africa
ExxonMobil participated in partner events across Africa to educate individuals, raise public awareness and help fight the spread of malaria in countries most at risk. These World Malaria Day initiatives include:

  • In Cameroon, working with CCA SIDA to educate local communities about malaria through media activities, a malaria march and a flashmob.  
  • In Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Tanzania, supporting Grassroot Soccer’s tournaments and malaria education and testing workshops. 
  • In Angola, partnering with the President’s Malaria Initiative to organize a health fair and educational seminars, working with the CORE Group to conduct home visits to distribute pamphlets about malaria prevention, and supporting the MENTOR Initiative’s launch of the provincial malaria partners’ forum in Zaire Province.
  • In Chad, supporting Jhpiego to organize television and radio commercials about the need to combat malaria.

Our World Malaria Day infographic shows how ExxonMobil and our partners are helping to fight malaria.

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Learn  more about our World Malaria Day activities and our work to create a world free of malaria.