ExxonMobil Foundation contributes more than $10 million in grants to fight malaria

The ExxonMobil Foundation announced grants of more than $10 million on Tuesday to fight malaria, increasing its total commitment since 2000 to more than $110 million.

The funding will go toward proven, scalable methods and lifesaving programs that treat and prevent malaria through organizations such as USAID, Malaria No More and The Harvard Malaria Initiative. Local and global programs supported by ExxonMobil have administered 1.7 million treatment doses, helped deliver 878,000 rapid diagnostic kits and provided more than 13 million bed nets. The funding was announced on the eve of World Malaria Day 2012.

Mortality rates for malaria have dropped by more than 25 percent worldwide due to malaria control and prevention measures in the past decade.

"We're proud to have made so much progress, but the threat of malaria is still real for too many families," Suzanne McCarron, the president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, said. "ExxonMobil remains as committed as ever to supporting the lifesaving work being implemented by the many organizations and agencies making a real difference in the fight against malaria."

Malaria No More, one of ExxonMobil's longstanding partners will mark World Malaria Day 2012 by launching its NightWatch program in Tanzania and Chad. The program uses the voices of international and African celebrities to offer nightly reminders for people to sleep under protective mosquito bed nets.

"ExxonMobil is a dedicated partner in supporting our shared goal of ending malaria deaths in Africa," Raymond G. Chambers, the UN Secretary-General's special envoy for Malaria and the co-founder of Malaria No More, said. "Support from ExxonMobil is empowering lifesaving programs and protecting children and families from malaria in some of the regions hit hardest by malaria."