Impacts of the ExxonMobil Malaria Initiative

Thanks to significant local and global efforts, great progress has been made in reducing the burden of malaria in the last 20 years. But more work remains to ensure people are able to live healthy and productive lives, free from the threat of this deadly disease. 

Article Aug. 30, 2018

Impacts of the ExxonMobil Malaria Initiative

Malaria still takes the lives of more than 400,000 people each year, most of them children under five. And it robs the African continent of billions of dollars in lost productivity annually. As a major employer and investor in many malaria-endemic countries, ExxonMobil has witnessed the devastation of malaria firsthand. We’ve seen its impact on the lives of employees, their families and their communities. That’s why we are part of an international effort to prevent, treat and cure this deadly disease.

ExxonMobil has partnered with the world’s leading organizations that work on the frontlines in the fight against malaria.

Together, we are collaborating on three fronts.

  1. Invest to build capacity and support education about malaria.
    We use vital information about prevention and treatment to help build capacity among health workers and inform policies to protect vulnerable communities.
  2. Improve access to tools for prevention, diagnosis and elimination.
    We provide families with the tools to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria, including insecticide-treated bed nets, intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, rapid diagnostic tests and antimalarial drugs.
  3. Support the next-generation of global health leaders.
    We foster the next generation of young leaders to take on malaria and other diseases through scholarships and training opportunities.

Successes in the fight against malaria

Since 2000, global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have brought down malaria mortality rates by 60 percent worldwide. Through the combined power of institutions, individuals and the communities they represent, more people are receiving prevention and treatment tools than ever before. However, much work remains to sustain momentum toward the ultimate goal of ending malaria for good.

In partnership with various organizations, governments and institutions, ExxonMobil is proud to do its part in driving and maintaining these recent successes in the fight against malaria.

Between 2000 and 2019, ExxonMobil has committed more than $170 million in grants to the cause. Our support has allowed our partners to:

  • Reach more than 125 million people throughout Africa and Asia with over 15 million bed nets, 5.3 million doses of antimalarial drugs and more than 4 million rapid-diagnostic kits
  • Train 750,000 health care workers and counselors to help prevent, diagnose and treat malaria
  • Hold more than 2.6 million community health sessions
  • Provide technical assistance that leveraged $791 million in grants to Angola and Nigeria from the Global Fund — of which $218 million was dedicated specifically for malaria projects
  • Support novel approaches to monitor resistance of current front-line antimalarial therapies and provide funding for the research and discovery of new treatments

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