Michael Steinberg is Team Lead, Global Public Health, Chevron Corporation and Co-Chair of the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA). GBCHealth spoke with Mr. Steinberg about CAMA’s impact and future potential, as well as the private sector’s role in the fight against malaria. This follows the launch of CAMA’s strategic plan for 2021-2023, which sets out the blueprint for action for the alliance for the next three years.
From your perspective, why is it important to keep such a determined focus on malaria in the midst of the pandemic?
Our current health threats do not abide by boundaries, rules or calendars. We must ensure that high risk regions can maintain services, prevention campaigns, diagnostics and treatments in order to avoid additional loss of life. We are also all using the same health systems and personnel. Through maintaining proven prevention efforts, we can reduce the burden on these systems until the current pandemic impact is reduced.
Why is it important for companies to be involved in the fight against malaria? What are some key contributions they can make?
The health of any business depends on the well-being of its community. We partner with people and local organizations where we operate to help support and strengthen communities. Companies can support in a variety of ways including financial or in-kind donations, sponsorship of programs or events, providing technical expertise, leveraging supply chain experience, employee volunteerism initiatives, advising on committees and councils, and sharing partner networks.
CAMA historically has worked across Africa, and then focused more in-depth on Nigeria. Today, CAMA looks to broaden its reach again. What are the drivers for this? Why do you think it’s important to broaden the reach of the alliance again?
Health threats like malaria can affect many regions. We continue to see a rise in mosquito-borne illnesses occurring around the globe. The learnings, tools, models and experience that CAMA provides make up a trusted framework for combating disease well beyond the African continent.
What does CAMA’s leadership mean to malaria elimination efforts in Nigeria and beyond?
CAMA is a trusted and essential partner that effectively provides expertise, experience and connections amongst a variety of organizations and sectors. This experience is highly relevant and can be of value for any region at a high risk for malaria or other mosquito-borne illnesses.
How can your leadership and work rally others around this cause?
It is our hope that through our partnerships, and supporting initiatives that directly affect our workforce, their families and the communities in which we operate and live, that we encourage others to join in addressing health threats in their regions and neighborhoods. When we all work together and align around common goals, we can be more effective in preventing illness, protecting lives, and supporting prosperity in our communities.
What is your vision for CAMA and the work we do?
Speaking for myself, I would like to see CAMA continue to expand their capabilities and partnerships, directly focus their efforts to support and/or supplement existing partners and programs, and ultimately reduce illness and save lives.
CAMA is a unique coalition of companies from various industries, all with business interests in Africa. CAMA channels the collective force and voice of the private sector to drive impact on malaria in Africa from workplaces to region-wide initiatives. CAMA is a platform for corporations working in Africa to share best practices, create new partnerships and gain visibility for malaria control efforts across the continent. CAMA companies both lead and support innovative malaria prevention, control and treatment activities and collectively deploy millions of dollars to programs that serve the needs of malaria-affected people and communities. CAMA also provides a forum for business to engage with and build relations with malaria-focused government and civil society stakeholders. CAMA is a membership-based Alliance. Learn how you can join CAMA at www.gbchealth.org. Or, contact us to see how your organization can become an official CAMA Partner.
Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron Corporation‘s anti-malarial programs are based on the ABCD strategy: Awareness (education and advocacy), Bite prevention, Chemoprophylaxis and Diagnosis. Chevron’s efforts to combat malaria occur at the regional and local business level through corporate partnerships with governments, business, NGOs and multilateral agencies. Learn more about how Chevron engages in community health issues here.