The grant to the CDC Foundation will enable the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to produce a two-day training program for health care workers to enhance their skills in infection control.
“We have a long history in Nigeria and know firsthand the importance of public health initiatives,” said Nolan O’Neal, lead country manager of ExxonMobil affiliates in Nigeria. “Our grant enables CDC to train health responders more quickly and to provide them with personal protective equipment. Both of which are essential to fighting the spread of Ebola.”
“With the Ebola outbreak evolving into an epidemic, it’s important for all sectors, including business, to come together to help address this crisis,” said Charles Stokes, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “We deeply appreciate ExxonMobil for making these funds available to the CDC Foundation to go toward CDC’s Ebola response.”
In addition, ExxonMobil’s affiliates in Nigeria have also provided materials and expert support, including:
- Personal protective equipment and non-contact infrared thermometers to the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health
- Vehicles to support the Port Harcourt Ebola Emergency Operations Center
- A team of experts from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, who will train health care workers in Akwa Ibom State.
Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN) and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL) are affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation. The donation is being made by the ExxonMobil Foundation.
ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world. ExxonMobil engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where the company has significant operations. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2013, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil, its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $269 million in contributions worldwide. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contribution programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.
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