CSIS gets $5 million from Exxon Mobil for global health policy center

Exxon Mobil Corp. donated $5 million to support the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ new global health policy center, the US multi-national oil company and CSIS announced on July 20.

Exxon Mobil Corp. donated $5 million to support the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ new global health policy center, the US multi-national oil company and CSIS announced on July 20.

“With these funds, Exxon Mobil will help [CSIS] strengthen its policy agenda for global health, especially with regard to malaria, and widen the circle of advocacy to security and foreign policy leaders in the US government and in international institutions,” said C. John Hamre, CSIS president and chief executive.

The Washington public policy analysis organization hopes to build on Exxon Mobil’s leadership in malaria prevention at the new center, he added.

“At Exxon Mobil, we know first-hand the devastating impact that diseases like malaria are having on the communities where we operate,” said Rex W. Tillerson, the company’s chief executive. “It is one of the reasons why we established our Africa Health Initiatives more than 10 years ago and why we support programs targeted to worldwide health issues.”

Exxon Mobil believes CSIS’s establishing its new global health policy center will be another important step in finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing public health issues, he indicated.

CSIS said that the new center will define a long-term strategic plan for expanded US involvement in global public health, cultivate new high-level American champions and create new mechanisms to better inform policymakers about important health discoveries, and address the growing security dimensions of global public health.

The center also aims to build external support from within Africa, Europe, China, Russia, India, the Middle East, and the Americas for a strategic approach and for improving the governance of global health, CSIS said.

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