Against Malaria Foundation

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Against Malaria Foundation
Against Malaria Foundation.svg
Founded August 2004; 14 years ago (August 2004)[1]
Founder Rob Mather
Purpose Preventing malaria
Location
Area served
Sub-Saharan Africa
Key people
  • Rob Mather
  • Sean Good
  • Andrew Garner
  • Peter Sherratt[2]
Website www.againstmalaria.com

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 April 2018, the foundation has raised $160 million[4] and distributed or committed to fund 70 million LLINs[5] since its founding in 2004.

Nets are distributed through partnerships with the International Red Cross, the Malaria Consortium, and others, with partners responsible for 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 to assess net usage and conditions.[7]:4

AMF has eight trustees and an advisory committee drawn from 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]

History[edit]

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]

Partners and supporters[edit]

AMF is supported by more than 100 corporations.[16] 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.[17]

AMF's principal distribution partners are Population Services International, the Malaria Consortium, Partners In Health, the Red Cross, World Vision, and Concern Universal.[18] Sixty organizations fundraise for bednets using AMF's website or their own.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ "People". The Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "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. ^ "People to Thank page". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Speedo World Swim". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Distribution Partners". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Sponsors and Donors". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 

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