Against Malaria Foundation

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Against Malaria Foundation
Against Malaria Foundation.svg
Founded August 2004; 12 years ago (August 2004)[1]
Founder Rob Mather
Purpose preventing malaria
Area served
Sub-Saharan Africa
Key people
  • Rob Mather
  • Sean Good
  • Andrew Garner
  • Peter Sherratt[2]

The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) is a United Kingdom-based charity[3] that provides long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to populations at high risk of malaria, primarily in Africa. As of July 2016, the foundation has raised $86.6 million[4] and distributed or committed to fund 19.3 million LLINs[5] since its founding in 2004.

LLINs are distributed through partnerships with the International Red Cross, the Malaria Consortium, and others, with partners responsible for all costs of distribution. Distributions include malaria education for the local population, and they are documented through reports, photos, and video.[6] Post-distribution check-ups are carried out 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30 months after the initial distribution to assess net usage and conditions.[7]:4

AMF has eight trustees and an advisory committee drawn from leading malaria experts around the world.[8] The charity is registered in the United Kingdom and governed by the laws of England and Wales. It is also registered in the USA, Germany, Canada, Japan, and other countries.[9]


The Against Malaria Foundation was set up in August 2004[1] with the purpose of handling money raised through the World Swim Against Malaria, a global fundraising event scheduled for December 3, 2005. More than 250,000 people participated in the swim, which raised $1.3 million to buy mosquito nets. The money was used to buy 270,000 nets, which were distributed to protect an estimated 540,000 people from the risk of mosquito-borne malaria infection.[10]

The World Swim Against Malaria was the brainchild of Rob Mather, a London-based strategy consultant. Mather had earlier organized a swim to raise money for a 2-year-old girl who was badly burned in a house fire. Held in December 2003, the "Swim for Terri"[11] started as a three-person fundraiser and grew to include 10,000 swimmers in 73 countries.

In 2012, AMF did not undertake all planned distributions due to safety concerns in Mali and concerns about transparency with potential partners in Malawi and Togo.[12]

In May 2016, AMF began accepting Bitcoins for donations.[13]

AMF has been rated as a highly cost-effective charity by GiveWell.[14][15]


One hundred percent of funds raised through AMF's website are used to purchase bednets, according to the foundation's founders.[16] Distribution and education costs are covered by distribution partners. Administrative costs are covered by the charity's trustees and a small group of private donors. The foundation also benefits from in-kind contributions of services from lawyers, accountants, advertising agencies, professional translators, web technologists, and others.[17] In 2010, AMF took in £1.3 million and spent £1.6 million, with £1.4 million going directly to charitable activities.[3]

The sequence for each distribution is as follows:[18]

  1. A distribution partner submits to AMF a proposal to distribute mosquito nets in a targeted high-risk area.
  2. AMF's Malaria Advisory Group reviews the proposal, with requests for further information if necessary. The Group approves, amends, or rejects the proposal based on available funding and the needs of the target area.
  3. AMF and the distribution partner sign a contract laying out each party's obligations.
  4. AMF raises the funds for the nets and purchases them directly from the manufacturer, while the distribution partner covers all non-net costs. The nets constitute the majority of the distribution's costs. In some cases, the partner will raise funds through AMF's website, in which case all funds raised are ring-fenced for the partner's proposed distribution. All details of each distribution are made available to the public on dedicated "distribution pages".
  5. After sufficient funds have been raised, the distribution partner arranges the distribution logistics with the targeted community and pays for the nets to be shipped and stored nearby.
  6. The distribution partner distributes the nets in the targeted community, and offers education on proper usage of the nets as well as general malaria education. As per the agreement with AMF, the partner documents the distribution via reports, photo, and video.
  7. The distribution partner files a post-distribution report with AMF.
  8. The partner carries out post-distribution surveys 6, 18, 30, and 42 months after the distribution to monitor net usage and conditions.
  9. The partner collects malaria case rate data on a quarterly basis, and emails the information to AMF.

Partners and supporters[edit]

AMF is supported by more than 100 corporations.[19] AMF's principal partners are PwC, Citigroup, Speedo, Microsoft, Allen & Overy, Attenda, Vestergaard Frandsen, and Sumitomo Chemical. Speedo also partnered with AMF's precursor organization, World Swim Against Malaria, and continues to raise money for bednets through swimming events.[20]

AMF's principal distribution partners are Population Services International, the Malaria Consortium, Partners In Health, the Red Cross, World Vision, and Concern Universal.[21] Sixty organizations fundraise for bednets using AMF's website or their own.[22]


  1. ^ a b "History". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ "People". The Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "AMF's Charity Commission profile". Charity Commission. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Website home page". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved July 12, 2016. Running counter on website 
  5. ^ "Against Malaria - Net Distributions, World". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved July 12, 2016. Running counter on website 
  6. ^ How we work with Distribution Partners, Against Malaria Foundation. This document is shared with potential distribution partners 
  7. ^ "A conversation with Rob Mather and Peter Sherratt, September 9, 2015" (PDF). GiveWell. September 9, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Malaria Advisory Group". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  9. ^ "About Us: Charity Status". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "FAQ". World Swim Against Malaria. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "homepage". Swim for Terri. 
  12. ^ "Update to donors with as yet allocated donations". Against Malaria Foundation. 
  13. ^ JP Buntinx (May 5, 2016). "Against Malaria Foundation Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations". The Merkle. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ Thompson, Derek. "The Most Efficient Way to Save a Life". The Atlantic. The Atlantic Monthly Group. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  15. ^ Matthews, Dylan (24 April 2015). "You have $8 billion. You want to do as much good as possible. What do you do?". Vox. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Our Approach". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Our Approach". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Distribution Strategy". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "People to Thank page". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "Speedo World Swim". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "Distribution Partners". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  22. ^ "Sponsors and Donors". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 

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