Today the world observes World Malaria Day. This is a good time to celebrate efforts underway to combat the ravages of malaria – efforts that have helped reduce deaths from malaria by 60 percent since 2000. But it also serves to remind everyone of the nature of this global challenge, namely the fact that malaria still claims more than 400,000 lives each year.
At ExxonMobil, we think about these topics every single day. Malaria afflicts a number of countries in which we operate, so we have an obvious interest in promoting greater health and well-being in many regions around the world. That starts with our own workforce. Dr. Deena Buford and our colleagues in Medicine and Occupational Health have worked tirelessly to ensure that, in the past 10 years, we have had zero malaria deaths among ExxonMobil employees while preventing 2000 cases of malaria.
But our interest in eradicating malaria goes beyond just protecting employees. With that in mind, I wanted to flag two items that should be of interest to those looking for more information about the concerted effort to prevent, treat, control, and, ultimately, to eradicate the scourge of malaria.
The first is an op-ed I contributed to the Huffington Post discussing the wide range of global initiatives in which ExxonMobil is involved to combat malaria. It also highlights the partners with which we work.
The second item of note is a Q&A with a leading malaria expert (and one of our partners) – Dr. Regina Rabinovich, who has served as the ExxonMobil Malaria Scholar in Residence at Harvard University since 2012. Dr. Rabinovich shares her thoughts with the Energy Factor about the future of malaria control and prevention.