ExxonMobil Foundation makes $1 million grant to fight malaria

The ExxonMobil Foundation has made a $1 million grant to Malaria No More to aid the organization in expanding its malaria advocacy and education programs in Cameroon and Chad.

The organization's NightWatch program, which was developed in collaboration with the Lalela Project and the ExxonMobile Foundation, is a communications campaign that airs every night in malaria-endemic communities throughout Africa. The campaign uses TV, radio and SMS text messages to reach millions with reminders from top African celebrities to sleep safely under mosquito net beds.

"ExxonMobil has long been a shining example of corporate responsibility," David Bowen, the CEO of Malaria No More, said. "The support that ExxonMobil is providing to life-saving programs to protect children from malaria will be a lasting legacy of their commitment to the communities in which they work. Malaria No More is committed to continuing its work with ExxonMobil and achieving our shared goal of ending deaths from malaria in Cameroon, Chad, and throughout Africa."

In addition, Malaria No More will make sure that rapid diagnostic tests are available in more health facilities in Cameroon and that on-going education continues in Chad.

"ExxonMobil Foundation is proud to partner with Malaria No More on its lifesaving work in Africa," Suzanne McCarron, the president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, said. "NightWatch is a powerful example of an innovative program engaging national heroes to make a real difference in the fight against malaria."