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Against Malaria Foundation

Against Malaria Foundation

Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) works to prevent malaria-caused deaths and illness by distributing long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets in at-risk, low-income communities. The organisation also consistently monitors its impact through surveys and case rate data.

What problem is Against Malaria Foundation working on?

Malaria kills around 600,000 people each year, the majority of whom are children under 5. Before anti-malaria bed nets were available, AMF estimates that this number was around 1.2 million, and GiveWell confirms that bed net interventions have “exceptionally strong” evidence of impact.

Fighting malaria has economic benefits as well as health benefits. AMF estimates that “every $1m spent fighting malaria efficiently improves the GDP — the wealth — of the continent of Africa by $12m.”

What does Against Malaria Foundation do?

AMF works to prevent malaria in low-income countries, stating: “We fund anti-malaria nets, specifically long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), and work with distribution partners to ensure they are used. We track and report on net use and impact.” AMF’s three guiding principles are efficiency, transparency, and demonstrating impact.

Specifically, AMF:

For more information on how AMF operates, see its operations overview, as well as a detailed breakdown of its process.

Why is Against Malaria Foundation one of our top-rated charities?

AMF meets our criteria to be one of our top-rated charities because one of our trusted evaluators, GiveWell, has conducted an extensive evaluation highlighting its cost-effectiveness. (Our trusted evaluators are charitable giving experts who focus on impact — their research into the best charities means your donations can do even more good. Learn more about charity evaluators we trust and why.)

AMF has also been a GiveWell top charity since 2011. GiveWell estimates that it costs approximately $5 USD to purchase and distribute one net to a household, which makes AMF particularly cost-effective. Each distributed net protects an average of two people from malaria for about two years and 100% of public donations go towards purchasing nets.

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