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IRVING, Texas -- In recognition of its Africa Health Initiative and its role in the battle against malaria, Exxon Mobil Corp. will be presented the 2008 Malaria Award by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malayria. Malaria is estimated to kill between one and three million per year.
ExxonMobil is the largest non-pharmaceutical corporate donor to malaria research and development efforts and has committed more than $130 million to date. The company is one of nine to be honored at an event in New York on June 10 that will feature special guests including United Nation Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
"In the eight years since we launched our African Health Initiative, the way the world thinks about malaria has changed," Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., said in a released statement. "We understand through our employees in Africa what an impact malaria has on peoples' lives and the community's economic development. We are committed to winning the battle against malaria."
The 2008 Malaria Award will be accepted on behalf of ExxonMobil by Dr. Steven Phillips, the company's medical director of global issues and projects. Dr. Phillips serves on the board of Malaria No More, a non-profit organization with the mission to end deaths due to malaria.
"Business action is making a critical difference, and ExxonMobil is showing the world what strategic private sector interventions against malaria can achieve. We need many, many more to make their own contribution," Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, president and chief executive officer of Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, said in released statement.