Africa Fighting Malaria

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Africa Fighting Malaria (AFM) is an NGO based in Washington D.C., United States and South Africa which states it "seeks to educate people about the scourge of Malaria and the political economy of malaria control". The organization generally "promotes market based solutions and economic freedom as the best ways to ensure improved welfare and longer life expectancy in poor countries", according to their financial statement.[1] Founded in 2000 during the Stockholm Negotiations on Persistent Organic Pollutants, AFM's original focus was the promotion of a public health exemption for the insecticide DDT for malaria control. According to their current website, their mission is to "make malaria control more transparent, responsive and effective by holding public institutions accountable for funding and implementing effective, integrated and country-driven malaria control policies."

According to IRS filings, the organization spends money entirely on executive compensation, with no program expenses of any kind.[2] It has been described as a front group established to discredit environmentalists.[2][3] In documents obtained during state litigation against tobacco companies, founder Roger Bate described the organization's purpose as part of a larger strategy to portray first-world environmentalists as unconcerned with Black Africans.[4][5]

Overview and History[edit]

Formed in 2000, AFM's staff members have current or former links with a range of right-wing and free market think tanks including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Institute of Economic Affairs and Tech Central Station.

AFM promotes the pesticide DDT as one of the most effective means of fighting malaria. It asserts that global health organizations must be free to employ all available tools to fight malaria and that the limited use of DDT for spraying homes and hospitals is a powerful and necessary tool in this fight.

AFM ran a "Save Children From Malaria" campaign designed to prevent the Stockholm Convention from banning the use of DDT. The coalition consisted of :

AFM has not published an Annual Report, or any research, since 2011. The AFM website republishes articles by AFM on a variety of topics, as well as articles on malaria from other sources.


On its website AFM states that it "receives its funding from a number of different sources, however because of the nature of our work we have a policy of not accepting funds from any government, the insectcides industry or the pharmaceutical industry".

Funders listed on the AFM website[6] include :

Other sources of funding:





  1. ^ "Financial Statements for Years End December 31, 2009 and 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Nonprofit Explorer - AFRICA FIGHTING MALARIA INTERNATIONAL INC - ProPublica". Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  3. ^ "Rachel Carson, Mass Murderer? | FAIR". Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Industry Documents Library". Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Industry Documents Library". Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Africa Fighting Malaria - Funding". Archived from the original on 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  7. ^ Bate R, Tren R, Mooney L, et al. (2009). Pai NP, ed. "Pilot study of essential drug quality in two major cities in India". PLoS ONE. 4 (6): e6003. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006003. PMC 2695555Freely accessible. PMID 19547757. 
  8. ^ Uganda: A Decent Standard of Living Will Help Eradicate Malaria (Page 1 of 1)

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