ExxonMobil bestows $10 million in grants to fight malaria

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ExxonMobil  last week marked the 15th anniversary of its commitment to fighting malaria by giving an additional $10 million in grant money to support research, education, advocacy and treatment programs related to the deadly disease on World Malaria Day.

Since 2000, malaria-related deaths have been reduced by approximately half worldwide; however, malaria is growing increasingly drug resistant, requiring more investments in resources to eliminate the disease. More than half a million people still die from malaria each year, even though the disease is preventable.

Several of the grants are specifically allocated for developing health and leadership abilities in communities and countries that do not have proper health care systems to adequately combat threats such as malaria.

“For 15 years, ExxonMobil has been a proud partner in the effort to create a future free of malaria,” Suzanne McCarron, general manager of public and government affairs for ExxonMobil and president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, said. “We are committed to investing in the tools, knowledge and human capacity that will allow us to combat and eventually eliminate the disease. Now more than ever, it is clear that strengthening health systems is essential to achieving that goal.”

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