A united front against malaria
Growing up in Angola, I witnessed the cruel and devastating impact of malaria, as well as experienced this horrific disease firsthand. Later, as a mother, I was grateful to have access to preventive therapies while pregnant so that I could protect myself and my two sons could be born healthy. Now, as a physician, I am committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community from this disease.
Thankfully, over the past decade, renewed investments and partnerships have driven remarkable progress against malaria. Since 2000, more than 3.3 million lives have been saved and global cannot become complacent. Our success is as fragile as it is remarkable and it must be sustained.
To continue progress against malaria, the global community must now, more than ever, reaffirm its commitment to ensuring that the tools to combat this disease reach each person in need.
Unfortunately, there is no “silver bullet” capable of eradicating malaria singlehandedly. We’ve seen again and again that combating this disease requires a comprehensive approach that tackles the disease from different angles and with different approaches. We must deploy bed nets and other prevention tools, diagnostic tests, effective treatments and educational campaigns to combat malaria on the ground, while looking for long term solutions execution of our community outreach programs, and our ongoing support for malaria research and development.
In the past decade, this approach has helped avert an estimated 1,800 malaria cases among nonimmune workers and, since 2007. Similarly, our partnerships with leading malaria organizations are encouraging innovative and effective programs that address malaria from all sides. For example, in Chad and Cameroon, we support a national multimedia malaria prevention campaign through Malaria No More and trains health workers to provide malaria prevention and treatment services— particularly for pregnant women—with Jhpiego.
ExxonMobil is not alone in our commitment to fight malaria. We are part of a larger effort of businesses partnering with the public sector to drive a comprehensive response to the parasite.
In sub-Saharan Africa, this joint support has made a powerful impact, and it is emblematic of how