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Malaria deaths down by 60% and 663 million cases stopped in Africa in the last 15 years

Two reports, one in the journal Nature and another by the World Health Organisation, provide information on progress against malaria. Insecticide treated bed nets were responsible for 68% of the reduction in malaria cases.
  • Malaria death rates have fallen 60% globally since 2000
  • 663 million cases have been prevented in Africa over the past 15 years
     - 68% of the reduction due to the distribution of a billion bed nets
     - 22% was attributed to the treatment artemisinin
     - 10% to spraying homes with insecticide
  • The number of infections fell by 50% across the continent
  • Africa still accounts for 80% of cases and 78% of deaths
  • 13 countries that had malaria in 2000 reported no cases in 2014 while a further six countries had fewer than ten cases
Quotes from a BBC article:
"Bed nets were responsible for the vast majority of the decrease."
"...despite the progress, the job is far from done. A child still dies from malaria every minute in Africa."
"Eight African countries are aiming to eliminate the disease by 2020 including Namibia."
"We know how to prevent and treat malaria. Since we can do it, we must."

Sharing information on the process to achieve DGR status in Australia

We have had a number of questions regarding our application to achieve DGR status in Australia and we are happy to share the following information in case it can assist other organisations considering their charitable status in Australia.
This is the process we followed to achieve DGR status:
  • We applied to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to be considered for Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) status. Application documentsupport document
  • PBI status was granted by the ACNC six weeks after our application was submitted. Our experience was the ACNC were super-efficient, thorough, and always helpful and courteous. We were impressed throughout.
  • Once PBI status was granted we applied to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to be considered for a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) endorsement.
  • DGR status was granted by the ATO four weeks after our application. Our experience was the ATO were efficient and always helpful and courteous.
The main difference between this application process and prior (unsuccessful) efforts was the application for PBI status to the ACNC rather than an Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) application to AusAid. We are happy to help with questions if contacted directly.

AMF (Australia) granted DGR status (tax deductibility for donors)

We are delighted to say AMF now has tax deductible status for donors in Australia!
AMF (Australia) has been granted Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status effective 04 August 2015 by the Australian Taxation Office so any donations made to AMF (Australia) on or after that date can be considered tax deductible by the donor.

Note: All online donations from Australian residents (as identified by the credit or debit card address being in Australia) are automatically to AMF (Australia). For those wishing to make donations by bank transfer or cheque, the relevant bank account and address information can be found on our donations page.


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