Our team working on malaria eradication got some well-deserved recognition recently when ExxonMobil received the Champion in Sustainability Malaria Programming Award from the Corporate Alliance for Malaria in Africa.
ExxonMobil works in several malaria-endemic countries, so we have witnessed firsthand the devastation this disease can wreak, particularly its effect on our employees, their families and their neighbors.
We received this honor at the West African Corporate Malaria Awards in Accra, Ghana, earlier this month in a ceremony attended by the First Lady of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
As Mrs. Akufo-Addo told the crowd, “When we eliminate malaria, Ghana would reap enormous benefits. We would quicken our pace of development and become more self-reliant. This applies to all countries within the sub-region, too.”
As people across the planet observe World Malaria Day today, we are as committed as ever to eradicating this scourge that claims more than 400,000 lives annually.
While malaria is the author of so many tragedies around the world, the good news is that it is preventable, treatable and curable.
So in 2018, we are working with governments, NGOs and other partners on a wide range of global initiatives whose goal is to reduce the burden of malaria and ultimately end the epidemic for good.