Gave enough for 1,755 LLINs that will protect some 3,200 people when they sleep at night.

Apr 2013

Against Malaria

Charity Partner
AMF protects people from malaria. They fund anti-malaria nets, specifically long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), and work with distribution partners to ensure they are used. They track and report malaria case rate data. More than a million people die from malaria every year.

The most effective means of preventing malaria is sleeping under a mosquito net, specifically a long-lasting insecticide treated net (LLIN).

Malaria is transmitted by certain mosquitoes when they bite. These mosquitoes bite people to get a blood meal. The malaria parasite then passes from the infected mosquito to the person being bitten. They typically bite between 10 o'clock at night and two in the morning - and that's one of the most important things we have on our side: if we can protect people in affected areas when they sleep at night we have a very good chance of preventing them contracting malaria.

LLINs work in two ways. First, as a simple mechanical barrier. Second, as a mechanism for killing the mosquito: when a mosquito lands on a net it picks up insecticide on its legs that causes 'knock down' - the mosquito is killed. The nets remain effective even when they have holes and tears in them, as happens in the environments in which they are used and over time, as mosquitoes land on a net first rather than passing directly through any hole that might be there. That allows knock down to occur and means the nets, even with holes, stay 99% effective. With AMF, 100% of public donations buys nets. AMF links every donation they receive to a specific distribution so donors can follow exactly where the nets they fund are distributed. The world’s leading three independent charity evaluators, GiveWell in the US, Giving What We Can in the UK and The Life You Can Save in Australia, all rank AMF as the world’s most effective charity – of any charity, in any sector! In April 2013, 100 people giving 1% gave enough for 1,755 LLINs that will protect some 3,200 people when they sleep at night.

The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) is GiveWellGiving What We Can and The Life You Can Save’s top-ranked charity and has been for twelve  years. AMF is frequently described as the global Effective Altruism movement’s #1 charity given the top-billing it achieves year after year judged on impact and effectiveness. AMF’s running costs (which are small as a result of the extraordinary efficiency with which AMF operates, and which are ~1% of revenues each year) are funded independently meaning 100% of public donations buys nets. Nets are distributed though carefully selected partner organisations with high levels of data-driven accountability and transparency accompanying each net distribution. Be One Percent’s donations to AMF, and the specific net distributions they fund, are shown here. Donations welcome!

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