ExxonMobil Leveraging the Power of Soccer to Educate and Mobilize Youth to Overcome Their Greatest Health Challenges

Svetlana KouzminaNews

ExxonMobil supports a wide range of prevention, treatment, research and advocacy programs to end death from malaria, and partners with the world’s leading organizations that work on the frontlines in the fight against malaria.

As one of ExxonMobil’s partners, Grassroot Soccer (GRS) uses the convening power of soccer to educate young people in Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and Papua New Guinea about malaria and HIV/AIDS. GRS delivers an interactive life-skills curriculum to educate, inspire and mobilize at-risk youth in developing countries to lead healthier lives and spread positive change in their communities. Learn more here.

ExxonMobil also helped GRS form a partnership with the Special Olympics to design and implement a malaria and HIV prevention program for youth with intellectual disabilities in Nigeria.

2018 marked a year of positive progress, with GRS programs reaching an increased number of adolescents and local partners, continuing to build awareness, prevention and capacity.

  • Over 55,000 youth engaged in GRS programs/curriculum, with a 96% completion rate;
  • More than 1,600 people tested for malaria;
  • Over 6,000 individuals referred for HIV testing; and
  • Nearly 1,400 long-lasting insecticidal nets distributed to prevent malaria transmission.In 2019, ExxonMobil will continue to build on its partnership with GRS, supporting the expansion of GRS programing in the Nampula and Cabo Delgado Provinces of Mozambique.

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