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ExxonMobil boosts anti-malaria war with $10m

Posted: Apr 28, 2015 at 6:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Phillip Oladunjoye
ExxonMobil has said it is giving out $10 million in new grants to mark World Malaria Day.
This, the company said, is in continuation of its 15-year commitment to fighting a disease that is preventable and treatable, but still kills more than half a million people annually.
The company said this year’s grants from ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation support are to research, education, advocacy and treatment programmes to reduce the human and economic toll of malaria.
It  added that several grants focused on developing leadership and health workforce capacity in countries and communities that lack adequate health systems to combat malaria and other health challenges.
General Manager of Public and Government Affairs and president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, Suzanne McCarron, said: “For 15 years, ExxonMobil has been a proud partner in the effort to create a future free of malaria.
“We are committed to investing in the tools, knowledge and human capacity that will allow us to combat and eventually eliminate the disease. Now more than ever, it is clear that strengthening health systems is essential to achieving that goal.”
She noted that efforts to lessen malaria’s burden were making an impact, adding that since 2000, malaria mortality rates have dropped by nearly half worldwide, and cases in Africa are down by more than a third.