The global burden of malaria has decreased dramatically since 2000, in large part due to coordinated efforts by partners worldwide to reach hundreds of millions of people with lifesaving prevention and treatment tools. However, there is still much work to be done to reach those still at risk and overcome challenges like emerging antimalarial drug resistance. New approaches and passionate, highly-trained leaders will be essential to continue driving progress against malaria and build a healthier world.
To foster the next generation of leaders to take on malaria and other diseases, ExxonMobil supports outstanding students from developing and emerging-market countries to pursue global health-focused Master’s degrees at Oxford University. Since 2011, the ExxonMobil Global Health Scholars program has provided young doctors, researchers and health professionals from Nigeria, India, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Mexico, China and Russia the opportunity to learn about the global burden of disease, epidemiological principles and how to apply classroom lessons to the real world.
The ExxonMobil scholarships support young people to take on critical health challenges. Following graduation, the scholars often take leadership roles at health organisations, return to medical practice or pursue additional training at leading research institutions.
“We’re the next group of policymakers, leaders and health practitioners who will carry global health work forward in our own countries,” says alumna Pattie Gonsalves. “This program offers a really rigorous training in global health practices that we can adapt to our home country context.”
In addition to the interdisciplinary training in research methods, health policy and public health, the Oxford program has also become a connector for young health leaders with similar goals. “This is a network of like-minded young people poised to drive change in our respective communities,” explains alumna Dr. Annette Bazuaye-Okpere. “The ExxonMobil scholars, we’re a family now – and we support each other’s dreams and aspirations.” After leaving Oxford, the scholars join a growing alumni network and ExxonMobil is proud to continue supporting this community.
For example, in the fall of 2015, ExxonMobil enabled ten alumni to attend the 64th American Society for Tropical Medicine and Health Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. There, the scholars attended sessions with top researchers and program leaders in the global health field, re-connected with their Oxford peers and swapped ideas about their post-Oxford career plans.
Dr. Quazim Alayo, a recent Oxford graduate who is now continuing to pursue his interest in malaria vaccine research at Harvard University, was among the attendees. “My experience at Oxford changed my life,” he said. “Now, I’m more committed to achieving a malaria-free world, and I’m excited to be able to contribute to this field.”
Interested in learning more about the ExxonMobil Global Health Scholars?
Hear how the Oxford experience polished Dr. Annette Bazuaye-Okpere’s leadership skills and prepared her to help build a healthier Nigeria.
Dr. Benita Abiyemi Awoh from Nigeria shares how she plans to use her Oxford experience to build a malaria-free future.
Learn why Dr. Lawal Yusuf of Nigeria is dedicating his life to improving global health.
Pattie Gonsalves of India explains how she draws inspiration from her peers as she develops her skills as a global health leader.
Find out how the global community of scholars has made a difference for Dr. Quazim Alayo of Nigeria.
Dr. Robin Oge from Papua New Guinea shares what inspired him to pursue a career in global health.
Hear from Dr. Sucheta Tiwari of India how the scholarship helps drive innovation in the field.
Dr. Tochukwu Abadom of Nigeria explains how this program will help improve health in his country and around the world.