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News for 2016, February - Show latest items

A change in the way AMF allocates donations to distributions

Up until now we have allocated donations chronologically, but we will now allocate first those for which the donor has a donation-tracking link (this is automatically sent to all online donors and to offline donors who have received a letter) as this allocates as quickly as possible donations that donors can follow.

We are making this change as donor feedback is clear that being able to follow the progress of nets is appreciated and we wish to maximise the number of donors able to do so.

We have always allocated (and will continue to do so) all donations individually to specific distributions so donors can follow exactly where the nets they fund are distributed. However, whilst all donations are listed on the AMF website, not all donations are 'identifiable by the donor' (and able to be tracked) as this depends on the contact information the donor provides.

Donations that the donor can track are: all donations made online; those offline donations for which we have an email address; and many offline donations for which thank you letters have been sent. This is because all these donors have supplied sufficient contact information allowing us to send them a 'donation-tracking link'.

Donations that are 'not identifiable by the donor' are allocated to specific distributions once other donations have been allocated.

We provide more detailed information on how we categorize donations on our Allocating donations page. The new section we have added is 'Categories of donations and the order in which they are allocated to a distribution.'

Additional countries where tax-deductible donations can now be made to AMF

It is now possible for residents of the following countries to make tax deductible donations to AMF: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

For residents of these countries, donations may be made to AMF via Transnational Giving Europe (TGE), details here. Note: TGE take a 5% fee. This is the best option for tax-deductible donations available to AMF and donors at this time. Non-tax-deductible donations can still be made most cost-effectively by donating directly to AMF.

Existing tax-deductible countries

For residents of Switzerland, tax-deductible donations have been able to be made for some time to AMF via the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF), details here. Note: Non-tax-deductible donations from Swiss residents can still be made most cost-effectively by donating directly to AMF.

Residents of the following countries have been able to make tax-deductible donations to AMF for some years now by donating directly to AMF: Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and the USA. You can see the documentation and relevant details on our charity status page.

AMF funds 2.7 million nets for Ghana for June 2016 distribution

We have agreed to fund 2.7 million LLINs for distribution in Ghana in June 2016. This will close the net gap in Ghana and achieve universal coverage (all sleeping spaces covered) in three of the ten regions of Ghana: Upper West, Northern and Greater Accra (excluding Metropolitan Accra). These nets will protect 4.9 million people.

The nets will be distributed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) under the management of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP).

AMF will work closely with both organisations and with in-country distribution partners who will have responsibility for:

  • Ensuring reconciliation of nets distributed with nets funded through detailed review of household-level records and associated monitoring
  • Post-distribution check-ups (PDCUs) of net use and condition at six monthly intervals for a period of 30 months.

AMF will fund the distribution partners’ work. We are finalizing the micro-planning for this and will publish full details and documentation in the coming weeks.

Distribution details: Upper West Region, Northern Region and Greater Accra Region
Further information on Ghana

Zika virus: Are bednets an effective measure?

Zika is certainly a major international challenge and the WHO is expected to raise its awareness.

The virus is mainly transmitted by the ubiquitous mosquito Aedes aegypti. This common mosquito bites during the day and therefore the main approach to its control is either removing the breeding sites, 'source reduction', or 'space spraying' by house to house insecticide fogging or truck mounted spraying (ULV, ultra-low volume). Personal protection by the use of insect repellents and screening windows is also a very important approach.

This means the use of bednets is generally of marginal benefit in attacking these day-biting mosquitoes. At AMF, we focus exclusively on the provision of bednets for malaria control. We don’t have experience of controlling day-biting mosquitoes, such as those transmitting dengue, yellow-fever and Zika.


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