ExxonMobil to Commemorate Africa Malaria Day 2007
Events in Africa, United States and Europe to Mark Day and Heighten Attention to the Fight Against Malaria
IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
In commemoration of Africa Malaria Day 2007 (April 25th), executives and employees of the Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) are set to participate in a series of events in Africa, the United States and Europe.
"With a workforce in Africa that numbers in the thousands, and as one of the largest direct foreign investors in the continent, ExxonMobil has witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of malaria and other infectious diseases," said Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation. "We are proud to do our part to help advocate for needed resources, innovative solutions, and a new level of global collaboration to achieve results in the fight against malaria."
Africa Malaria Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the 2000 Abuja Declaration, during which African heads of state committed to reducing malaria-related deaths by half by the end of this decade. That same year, the ExxonMobil Foundation established its Africa Health Initiative, which aims to support disease prevention, control and treatment programs focused on malaria.
Since 2000, ExxonMobil has contributed nearly $100 million to African community projects and is committing an additional $10 million this year to the fight against malaria. ExxonMobil is the largest non-pharmaceutical corporate donor to malaria research and development efforts and the largest corporate donor to the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI).
ExxonMobil will participate in a variety of programs spanning the globe on Africa Malaria Day that are designed to bring attention to, mobilize action in, and raise money for the fight against malaria, a disease that kills more than one million Africans each year.
In Africa, where malaria takes 3,000 lives each day, ExxonMobil is supporting bed net distributions in Nigeria, Angola, Chad, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. The company will also announce a number of grants to organizations combating malaria and saving lives in those countries. These grants, which total over $4 million, will help Africans increase their capacity to stop the spread of malaria and treat more effectively the people who are ill with the disease.
In addition, in the United States, the ExxonMobil Foundation is making a $3-million "challenge grant" that matches donations dollar-for-dollar to Malaria No More, a new non-profit with the mission to engage individuals, organizations, and corporations to provide life-saving bed nets and other critical interventions in the fight against malaria. The grant will be featured as part of the "Idol Gives Back" episodes of the FOX-TV show American Idol which will air April 25th. Earlier that day, Roberta Luxbacher, General Manager of Corporate Planning, will attend an event in the White House Rose Garden during which President Bush will sign a proclamation naming April 25th as Malaria Awareness Day.
Additionally, ExxonMobil is working in partnership with leading malaria nongovernmental organizations to raise awareness of the disease on Capitol Hill by supporting a malaria information display in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC.
In Europe, ExxonMobil is working with international organizations to put the spotlight on malaria among policymakers. Company executives will co-host with Malaria No More - Netherlands and Medicines for Malaria Venture a discussion with high-level pan-European policymakers in Brussels.
"Fighting malaria effectively demands a highly organized and disciplined approach," said Dr. Steven Phillips, ExxonMobil's Medical Director, Global Issues and Projects. "Through our portfolio of global advocacy, R&D, and Africa community malaria control projects, ExxonMobil is applying core business capabilities to harness the power of partnerships to save lives."
ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The Foundation and the Corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2006, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $139 million in contributions worldwide, with $54 million dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil's community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.
Source: Exxon Mobil Corporation
Released April 23, 2007