Business action against malaria

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Exxon Mobil reports that its workplace malaria programme in Chad and Cameroon, which included employees, contractors, and the community, saved it US$ 8.9 million (for a US$ 3 million investment) in productivity gains. This figure does not include healthcare cost savings.

From the World Economic Forum report, "Business and malaria: a neglected threat" (PDF). The report may be the most extensive ever on malaria's effect on business, featuring a survey of 8,000 business leaders from 100 countries. Over 70% of respondents in Sub-Saharan Africa, where a million a year die from malaria, say that the disease affects their business. (Via Time's Global Health Blog. Also, Voice of America has an audio report.)

Related: from the massive schedule from last week's Toronto AIDS conference, resources are available of sessions on business coalitions fighting HIV/AIDS and HIV support in the workplace (and in French).

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