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TIPS ON MALARIA

  • HOW CAN MOSQUITOES BE CONTROLLED?

    Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways.

  • HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM MOSQUITO-BORN DISEASES?

    The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.This can be accomplished using personal protecting  while outdoors when mosquitoes are present. Treated bed nets should be used sleeping. Mosquito repellent should be used when outdoor.

  • WHO ARE AT RISK?


    Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of getting malaria. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria. Children under 5 years are at high risk of malaria.
     

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Giving BACK to THE COMMUNITY

The work of corporate bodies like ExxonMobil in the malaria control campaign was a few years ago seen as a necessary contribution to the future success of the elimination agenda which urged corporate bodies into a partnership with researchers, academia, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), communities and policy makers to stop malaria deaths as a matter of urgency.

Well, you may say the future is right here, considering the fact that in 2011 alone, ExxonMobil Foundation has awarded nearly $9 million in grants to 22 organizations involved in fighting this disease.

The Foundation told Eyes on Malaria “We see our investment in the fight against malaria as both good corporate citizenship and good business. ExxonMobil operates in many countries where malaria is a core public health issue and we've witnessed first-hand the devastating impact that the disease can have, both from a health and economic perspective.”

Suzanne McCarron, President of ExxonMobil Foundation said “The Foundation funds research into new medicines and advocacy for the RTS,S malaria vaccine under development that will impact malaria endemic countries around the world.”

The RTSS, candidate vaccine whose initial results showed the impressive result of 56 per cent protection against clinical malaria and 47 per cent protection against severe malaria, is the first of its kind and is expected to lay the foundation for others which completely block the transmission of malaria.

“We believe there isn't a single solution to end deaths from malaria, but rather an integrated approach is needed. That's why our support for malaria extends beyond control efforts to include research, advocacy, treatment and prevention” Madam McCarron says.

Looking back over the last decade she said more than $100 million has been invested in the fight against malaria, funding programs across sub-Saharan Africa and South Pacific.

Having made the heavy investment in malaria, ExxonMobil Foundation issatisfied with results so far.

“Partnering with UN agencies, governments and non-profit organisations, we have seen some recent success in controlling the disease. Thanks to increased awareness, wider distribution of bed nets and improved diagnostics and treatments, malaria deaths decreased by 20 per cent during the past decade.

In some countries, cases fell by as much as 50 per cent. However, there is still a long way to go and it is critical that a sense of urgency remains among all those involved in fighting the disease.”

Speaking about particular success stories in malaria, Madam McCarron says “This approach over the past decade has allowed our partners to reach close to 40 million people with the provision of more than 11 million bed nets, 1.6 million doses of anti-malarial drugs and 820,000 rapid diagnostic kits.

“One program that we are particularly pleased with is our partnership with Africare to roll out a pilot program in Nigeria that targets Delta region communities where ExxonMobil suppliers, their families and neighbors live with a package of malaria prevention, treatment and vector control services. This is a natural extension of our successful workplace program that covers ExxonMobil employees and our contractors.”

“Another example is the Malaria No More's Surround Sound in Senegal, which we helped launch earlier this year. It's an innovative initiative championed by Senegalese singer, Youssou N'Dour, to educate communities about malaria prevention, which has led to a significant increase in bed net use throughout the country.”

The World Malaria Day 2011 saw ExxonMobil Foundation partnering the United Nations Foundation and Roll Back Malaria to honour champions from all walks of life - from faith leaders and business executives to heads of state and community healthcare workers - who have made an extraordinary difference in the f i g h t a g a i n s t m a l a r i a . T h e “Champions to End Malaria” photo exhibition at the United Nations headquarters honoured their work and the progress made to rid the world of malaria.”

“Also on the same World Malaria Day 2011, ExxonMobil partnered the African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN), Dodowa Health Research Centre, INDEPTH Network, NETSFORLIFE and the Dangme West District Directorate to distribute long-lasting bed nets at Ahwiam in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.”

ExxonMobil Foundation is optimistic even though it is aware of the enormity of the task at hand.

“Despite some progress, the malaria community is a long way from declaring success. Any long-term, sustainable success depends on a variety of social, economic and environmental factors that bring their individual challenges. This is a sobering fact that guides our thinking, but doesn't dampen our support or enthusiasm. “

“Looking a h e a d, Exxo n Mob i l Foundation has engaged key stakeholders to identify best practices to tackle this disease, bringing our business experience and management skills to the challenge, and advancing public-private partnerships to help move this issue to the forefront of the policy agenda.

To that effort, we work closely with the Malaria Vaccine Initiative, Medicines for Malaria Venture, USAID, Malaria No More and the United Nations Foundation, to name a few” says Madam McCarron.
 

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