Africare Announces Key Partnerships with ExxonMobil to Battle Malaria in Africa
Announcement Made in Connection with Africare's 40th Anniversary Gala
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Africare President Darius Mans announced today new investments from ExxonMobil to extend their partnership in its fight against malaria. ExxonMobil, which has long been a supporter of Africare, will fund three key malaria prevention and intervention programs in Africa.
"ExxonMobil has been an invaluable partner to bettering the lives of those living in Africa," said Africare President Darius Mans. "The company's contributions - including not just funds, but their efforts to provide on-the-ground support, lend business expertise and increase the world's awareness of the scourge of malaria - have saved countless lives on the continent."
The new grants, which total $1,425,000, will enable thousands of additional children and families in Africa to receive the necessary care for managing malaria.
-- The new pilot Malaria Prevention Promotion in Nigeria will reach more than 75,000 local contractors and suppliers and their families in the Delta region of the country with a package of malaria prevention, treatment and vector control services. The program also includes a media campaign to educate thousands more people in the same area about malaria prevention. -- Through a network of more than 2,000 community volunteers working with the Caconda Community-Based Malaria Intervention program, approximately 35,000 families in Angola will receive training and assistance to manage malaria in their homes, including educational materials, bed nets and access to medical treatment. -- An additional 600 volunteers - to a total of 2,640 - will be selected and trained to reach families with health education through the Angola Community Malaria Program. Volunteers are expected to reach 550,000 children under the age of five and women of child-bearing age via 51,000 house visits, health talks, plays and drama shows, and visits to traditional healers and community leaders.
"Africare is one of our long standing partners in the fight against malaria. As one of the largest private foreign investors in Africa, we know first-hand the health and economic impacts that malaria can have on the workforce, their families and the communities where they operate," said Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO. "We want to ensure that families have access to the proper prevention and care, especially in the most vulnerable communities."
In recognition of the company's leadership and long-standing commitment to combat malaria, Africare is presenting ExxonMobil with its inaugural Corporate Service Award. Tillerson is accepting this award at Africare's annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner in Washington, D.C. later today. Africare is also awarding its Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award to Dr. Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director of the World Bank, for her contributions to improving the financial stability of Africa's economies, especially Nigeria. This year's event will also celebrate Africare's 40th anniversary and honor Nelson Mandela for his lifetime of service in South Africa.
Africare is a leading non-profit organization specializing in African development assistance to improve the quality of life in Africa. It is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in that field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered over $1 billion in assistance and support -- over 2,500 projects and millions of beneficiaries -- to 36 countries Africa-wide. Africare has its international headquarters in Washington, D.C., with field offices currently in some 20 African countries.
ExxonMobil and Malaria
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) and ExxonMobil Foundation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. ExxonMobil is the largest non-pharmaceutical corporate donor to malaria research and development efforts and since 2000 has committed $193 million to Africa community outreach programs, including almost $70 million on programs to fight malaria. The company established its Malaria Initiative in 2000 in support of the Abuja Declaration on Roll Back Malaria in Africa and national malaria plans in countries where we operate. Since then, ExxonMobil has developed on-the-ground public-private partnerships to fight malaria at the community level, progress treatment and vaccine research and raise awareness and international support, and contributes to anti-malaria efforts in more than 20 African countries.
Source: Exxon Mobil Corporation and Africare
Released November 5, 2010