What problem are they working on?
- Malaria is a life-threatening disease transmitted by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
- In 2015, 438,000 people died and 214 million people fell ill from malaria.
- 70% of malaria-caused deaths are of children under the age of 5.
What do they do?
The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) facilitates the distribution of long-lasting, insecticide-treated (mosquito repelling) bed nets for people in developing countries. Anopheles mosquitoes typically bite between 10:00 pm and 02:00 am. Sleeping under bed nets reduces the risk of mosquito bites and the transmission of malaria.
Does it work?
What do you get for your dollar?
Each net costs about $2.50, and protects, on average, two people for 3 — 4 years. GiveWell estimates the total cost (including costs not directly incurred by AMF) per distributed bed net to be $4.85. Using this figure, GiveWell roughly estimates the cost per life saved to be about $7,500.
How much money could they use?
GiveWell estimates AMF can commit to a maximum of between $78 million and $191 million in the 2017 — 2018 budget year.
We recommend AMF because of its:
- Focus on a program with a strong evidence base demonstrating impact and cost-effectiveness.
- Rigorous monitoring processes to ensure bed nets reach their intended recipients and are used over the long-term.
- Consistent ranking as one of the top giving opportunities by charity evaluator GiveWell.