The Business and Government Relations Manager of ExxonMobil, Doyin Adelabu, has disclosed that over 156,000 residents across 40 secondary schools and 12 communities have benefitted from the ExxonMobil Foundation’s outreach against malaria.
Adelabu spoke at the launch of the 2022 Power Forward session in Abuja.
The event brought together students of five secondary schools who benefited from the basketball clinic, youth mentoring and other outreach activities.
Speaking on the activities of foundation in the fight against malaria, Adelabu disclosed that since 2000 it has donated 15 million bed nets, 4.2 million rapid diagnostic kits, 5.6million doses of anti-malaria treatment and has also trained over 9,000 health workers while reaching out to over 175 million people across the world.
“The Power Forward pilot project has also rendered support to Federal Government’s National Malaria Programme advocacy on youth development and public health, through the efforts of ExxonMobil malaria initiative, towards combatting malaria in Nigeria.
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of supporting creative impactful programmes to reduce the burden of malaria in Nigeria. The ExxonMobil Foundation has provided the largest portion of its funding towards malaria programme and has given grants to the total sum of $37.4million.
“These grants represented almost one-quarter of all ExxonMobil Foundation grants for malaria in a distance period. We supported our partners in nearly all aspects of fight against malaria including advocacy efforts, research, provision of prevention and treatment tools, strengthening health infrastructure and supporting the next generations of global health leaders.”
Adelabu said that the foundation’s philosophy was that a productive, healthy and educated society was a better place to do business.
“We believe that the skills gained by the students will bring about sustainable development in their lives and they will, in turn, develop their communities.
She commended other ExxonMobil partners in the Power Forward project – PanAfricare and the National Basketball Association (NBA) for their collaborative efforts at impacting the younger generations of Nigerians.