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Commemorating World Malaria Day 2017

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

ExxonMobil has been committed to reducing the global burden of malaria for more than 16 years. This year on World Malaria Day, ExxonMobil announced new grants to support organizations working to advance scientific knowledge, prevent and treat malaria and strengthen health systems in communities most at risk of the disease.

ExxonMobil is proud to support people and organizations dedicated to improving health around the world. Dr. Regina Rabinovich, ExxonMobil Malaria Scholar in Residence at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, answered questions about global malaria progress on Energy Factor. Ify Aniebo, a former ExxonMobil Global Health Scholar at Oxford University, authored an opinion piece in her home country of Nigeria on the need for greater scientific capacity to fight drug resistance. Suzanne McCarron, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, shared her perspectives on the importance of surveillance to reach the next frontier in the fight against malaria in Huffington Post.

Overcoming remaining challenges to countries’ malaria elimination efforts, such as the spread of insecticide and antimalarial drug resistance, will require further research and new tools, which could include the world’s first malaria vaccine and novel diagnostic tests and treatments. There is a broad spectrum of tools currently available and in development that are designed to stop malaria transmission – see the full picture in our infographic:

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With $163 million committed in cash grants between 2000 and 2017, ExxonMobil is a major private sector funder of global efforts to prevent malaria infections and deaths. The company is dedicated to seeing an end to malaria by leveraging its business expertise, network and convening power to fight the disease. ExxonMobil-supported programs have reached more than 125 million people. ExxonMobil’s workplace 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. 

ExxonMobil Celebrates World Malaria Day in Malaria-Affected Countries

In countries where malaria remains a serious health challenge, ExxonMobil partners recognized World Malaria Day through events raising awareness about the disease. Activities included:

  • In Nigeria, supporting Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative to hold a soccer tournament and “mini clinic” for malaria awareness, testing and bed net distribution.
  • In Cote d’Ivoire, working with Jhpiego to improve malaria prevention and treatment during pregnancy.
  • In Equatorial Guinea, working with Biriaelat to distribute bed nets to children.
  • In Chad, working with women’s groups to organize a malaria awareness campaign and bed net donation.