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We have reached the 100,000th donation!


What a great way to end the year! We have reached the 100,000th donation thanks to a donor in Sydney, Australia.
 
We have received donations both large and small and every $3 matters as every net matters. 100% of the funds we have received will buy nets and all donors will be able to see exactly where the nets they fund are distributed.
 
Our very best wishes for 2015. 

US$29m milestone passed!


We have now passed the 25, 26, 27, 28 and US$29 million milestones, thanks to a significant US$5m grant from Good Ventures, the San Francisco based philanthropic foundation!
  
You can see all our milestones on the website.

US$5m grant to AMF from Good Ventures


We are absolutely thrilled to have recently been awarded a US$5m grant from Good Ventures, the San Francisco based philanthropic foundation.
 
This is the largest grant AMF has ever received (previously US$1.25m, also from Good Ventures) and it will make a huge impact on fighting malaria, saving many lives, reducing illness and boosting economic growth.
 
It comes at an exciting time for AMF as we work to expand the number and scale of the projects we support. We have no doubt it will be pivotal.
 
Every single donation is important, no matter how large, in the fight against malaria. There is a huge gap between the funding available and the net need. We never forget that every $3 buys a net and every person covered by a net is potentially a life saved. There are now over 99,000 donations to AMF. Together we have built a community that will keep the fight against malaria high on the international agenda. We are aiming to secure a further US$20+m for the projects we are currently considering. Aside the occasional marvellous large donation, the majority of AMF’s funds come from donors giving less than $100 and we are incredibly grateful for every one of them.

We have reached our 99,000th donation!


We have just had the 99,000th donation thanks to a family in Normal, USA and we are looking forward to celebrating the 100,000th soon.

We have received donations both large and small and every $3 matters as every net matters.

100% of the funds we have received will buy nets and all donors will be able to see exactly where the nets they fund are distributed.



Update on AMF activities in Malawi (December 2014)


Ntcheu District (Population: 580,000) - Post-distribution Check-Up (PDCU) at 33-months just completed
The fourth PDCU of net use and condition has been completed, 33 months after the mass distribution of 268,420 nets in January 2012. The PDCU data, that could be followed ‘live’ as it was being entered in Malawi, is now in the final stages of being checked. The results are good.  We will publish shortly a commentary on the results.
 
Dedza District (690,000) - Distribution nearly complete 
245,000 nets have now been distributed protecting 440,000 people and achieving universal coverage in all distribution areas, bar one. Nets have been distributed according to household-level net need information gathered during a comprehensive pre-distribution registration survey (PDRS). The number of nets required for the final ‘mop up’ area is being determined now and they will be distributed early in 2015.
 
Dowa District (700,000) - Pre-distribution Registration Survey (PDRS) underway
Every household in Dowa district, some 165,000, will be visited over the next two weeks by 440 Health Surveillance Assistants (government health service staff) to assess the number of sleeping spaces, perfectly usable nets and therefore net need for each individual household. Supervisors will make unannounced visits to randomly selected households to monitor the accuracy of the data collected. The data collected will be put in electronic database form, cleaned, checked and passed to village and community leaders for a public reading to ensure no omissions or inaccuracies. The final list will form the basis of an accurate net distribution to ensure full sleeping space coverage is achieved with no material theft of nets. This process is managed and supervised by our distribution partner Concern Universal working in close partnership with the Dowa District Health Officer, Malaria Coordinator and District Executive Committee and their teams. 396,900 LLINs have arrived in Dowa and are now in secure storage awaiting distribution in January and February 2015.
 
Balaka District (400,000) - Post-distribution Check-Up (PDCU) at 12-months about to start
The second PDCU of net use and condition is in the final stages of planning and will commence shortly. 5% of the households that received the 154,230 nets in November 2013 will be randomly selected and visited unannounced to assess net use and condition. Supervisors will check 5% of households visited by each data collector to ensure data accuracy. For any PDCU we ask it be carried out within ± 1 month of the appropriate anniversary.

Future distributions update


We are currently in detailed discussions regarding four potential distributions in four different countries (total 2.76 to 4.76 million nets), and four potential distributions are at the information stage. We will provide updates on each as meaningful progress is made or decisions are taken.

You can see more details on our Future distributions page



GiveWell rates AMF a top charity in 2012, 2013 and now 2015!


GiveWell has updated its top charity list and we are delighted to be included.  

"The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) is one of our top-rated charities, and an organization that we feel offers donors an outstanding opportunity to accomplish good with their donations."

GiveWell conducts extensive research with a particularly high level of rigour and analysis and to date has spent hundreds of hours investigating AMF and our work including a distribution site visit to Africa.

GiveWell comments, "Ranking our top charities against each other is difficult and laden with judgment calls... ...for any donors looking to give as we would, we recommend an allocation of $5 to AMF, $1 to SCI, $1 to GiveDirectly and $.50 to DtWI for every $7.50 given." 

More: GiveWell.org


US$24 million milestone passed!


We have now passed the US$24 million mark - thanks to a donation from Dunstone, United Kingdom!
 
We are also close to reaching our 100,000th donation and 500,000 fundraising participants. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their support and generosity.
 
You can see all our milestones on the website.



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