In March, I gave an update on ExxonMobil’s progress in the fight against malaria, previewing some of the numbers in our Corporate Citizenship Report. Malaria is of particular concern to us because the disease – which killed more than 400,000 people last year and threatens the lives of nearly half the world’s population – has such a significant impact in several countries where ExxonMobil operates.
Now that our citizenship report has been published, I want to offer a closer look at the programs and partnerships in West Africa that are driving these results.
In Angola, we partner with the NGO Africare and its community-based intervention program to focus on the control and treatment of malaria for children and pregnant women. As part of this program, a network of 285 trained volunteers conducted nearly 137,000 house visits in 2015 to help control the spread malaria among this vulnerable population. ExxonMobil also works with Africare to support the Child Survival Collaborations and Resources (CORE) group, which last year worked to train more than 2,600 community volunteers and administer treatments to more than 35,000 pregnant women.
In Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and Tanzania, ExxonMobil is teaming up with Grassroot Soccer (GRS) to educate local youth on how to prevent malaria, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases. Using soccer-based games and activities, Grassroot Soccer teaches young people about malaria prevention and best practices. Since 2012, ExxonMobil has invested nearly $2.3 million dollars to expand the program to reach more than 76,000 boys and girls.
In Chad and Cameroon, ExxonMobil supports Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, which provides prevention and treatment services for more than 700,000 people in the area. In 2015, Jhpiego was responsible for training 150 health providers and 30 supervisors to meet local needs, as well as helping 159 health volunteers educate about malaria at 71 facilities throughout the region.
ExxonMobil is proud to partner with such inspiring, impactful programs. Collectively, they are helping us work toward our goal of eliminating this deadly disease for good.