ExxonMobil Supports Upcoming African First Ladies Health Summit

  • April 20/21 summit to focus upon women’s health and education issues in Africa
  • ExxonMobil is an organizing partner of the Summit and the presenting sponsor of the U.S. Doctors for Africa Gala
  • ExxonMobil executives to address the summit on key issues relating to women’s economic leadership in Africa and HIV/AIDS and Malaria
Apr 16, 2009 - 11:16 AM EDT



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IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Exxon Mobil Corporation  (NYSE:XOM) today congratulated U.S. Doctors for Africa and African Synergy for organizing the April 20-21 Leadership for Health African First Ladies Health Summit, the first ever African First Ladies Summit to be held in the United States. The First Ladies will introduce their domestic and region-wide efforts across Africa in the areas of maternal health, girls' education and HIV/AIDS; engage in dialogue with other leaders from the field of international health; and identify actions in-line with the UN Millennium Development Goals. ExxonMobil is an organizing partner of the Summit as well as the presenting sponsor of the U.S. Doctors for Africa Gala to honor the First Ladies on April 21.

“The Leadership for Health Summit provides an excellent opportunity to hold productive discussions about health and development programs in Africa and partnership strategies for the future,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil. “ExxonMobil congratulates the African First Ladies, as well as U.S. Doctors for Africa and African Synergy, for their critical work improving lives, communities and nations in Africa.”

“This Summit is about identifying effective interventions and best practices to help the First Ladies achieve their objectives for their respective countries and Africa. Companies such as ExxonMobil play an important role in bringing together the expertise of the private sector to help move the agenda in health and development forward,” said Ted Alemayhu, Founder and CEO, U.S. Doctors for Africa.

Sara Ortwein, vice president, ExxonMobil Development Company and a member of the ExxonMobil Educating Women and Girls Initiative Advisory Group, will speak to the African First Ladies on “Building a Lasting Legacy.” Ortwein will highlight compelling reasons for investing in women’s economic leadership and invite participants to explore how they can use their collective voice through leadership and advocacy to create a better future for African women.

Dr. Steven C. Phillips, ExxonMobil’s medical director of Global Issues and Projects, is participating on a panel entitled “Tackling HIV/AIDS and Malaria: Multi-partnered approaches for targeting and implementing effective interventions.” Phillips will highlight an innovative partnership with The Johns Hopkins University-affiliate Jhpiego, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to provide pregnant women in Africa with access to life-saving interventions to prevent the transmission of malaria to their unborn children.

ExxonMobil has committed $130 million to Africa community outreach programs since 2000 and has launched two major initiatives to improve the lives of its African employees, their families and communities. The company established the Africa Health Initiative in 2000 in support of the Abuja Declaration on Roll Back Malaria in Africa and its goal to halve malaria deaths by 2010. Since then, ExxonMobil has committed $54 million to fight malaria through disease prevention, control and treatment programs in 16 African countries, making ExxonMobil the largest non-pharmaceutical corporate donor to malaria research and development efforts and the largest corporate donor to the U.S. government’s President's Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Recognizing the integral role that women play as drivers of economic and social change, in 2005 ExxonMobil launched the Educating Women and Girls Initiative, which provides training, resources, and support networks to help women in developing countries fulfill their economic potential. The ExxonMobil Foundation has committed grants totaling nearly $20 million for programs including intensive leadership and skills development programs for women from 27 African countries.

About Exxon Mobil Corporation

Exxon Mobil Corporation and ExxonMobil Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States, engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health, women’s economic leadership and public policy in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to help women fulfill their economic potential and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2007, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $207 million in contributions worldwide. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community3.


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