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Milestone: 75 million nets!


We are delighted to say we have now reached a cumulative total since AMF started of 75 million nets funded or able to be funded!

This has been possible through the support of 111,000 people in 189 countries who have made 348,468 donations. Thank you!

Once all are distributed, these nets, protecting 135 million people, can be expected to prevent the deaths of 50,000 to 70,000 people and avert 50 to 70 million cases of malaria.

Our first net distribution was in 2006 and was of 3,000 nets and our largest distribution to date has been of 12.8m nets in 2017. The total number of nets distributed or planned for distribution is 41.5m nets and distributions totalling more than 30m nets are being assessed now. The net distributions we now fund are multiple millions of nets at a time as this is the way we can best contribute to the fight against malaria.

There is a significant gap between the nets we can fund and the requests we currently have so we will continue to work hard to contribute all we can to close the net gap.


Good read: 'Mosquito: The Story of Man's Deadliest Foe'


This is an accessible book that tells the story of malaria very well.

I have just finished reading it and would recommend it if you are looking for an easy, enjoyable read that leaves you with a much greater understanding of the how and why of malaria.

The book focuses on people and countries and is not at all technical.

Dr Andrew Spielman and Michael D'Antonio wrote the book in 2002 so it doesn’t cover the last 15+ years of progress fighting malaria but it is no less relevant for that. In fact, many of the stories of malaria – the victories and subsequent resurgence – are as relevant today as when the book was written.

If you have recommendations for other books that similarly tell well the story of malaria please do let me know.

Declaration: I have no connection with the authors and neither AMF, nor anyone associated with AMF, has any financial interest in the book or its sales.


Congratulations to extraordinary Atlantic Challenge 'Oardinary Boys' Oli and George


Hot on the heels of our previous blogpost, albeit completed before, we’d like to offer our admiration and congratulations to the not-so Oardinary Boys, Oli Glanville and George Randell, for successfully Rowing the Atlantic - 3,000 miles in a very small boat.

And they didn’t just row it, they smashed it: they are now the second fastest pair in history to row the Atlantic.

Oli and George took part in the 2017 Talisker Atlantic Challenge, setting off from San Sebastian in the Canary Islands at 6am UTC on 14 December 2017. They made land in English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda at 22:01 UTC on 20 January 2018, just 37 days, 16 hours and 1 minute later.

This is an extraordinary challenge: 2 hours rowing, 2 hours rest, for a period of up to 60 days. Relentless. Non-stop. Burning 10,000 calories a day, consuming 6,000. You lose 20% of your body weight. 1.5 million oar strokes. It would require paragraphs here to give even a flavour of the dedication, training, strength – both physical and mental – discomfort and pain that goes into completing a successful Atlantic Challenge. We'll leave you to imagine it, if you can.

Oli and George chose to have two charities benefit from their pain and efforts, Alzheimer's Research UK and AMF.

We are delighted to report they raised an extraOARdinary £26,419 for AMF, 100% of which has been used to buy 18,606 long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to protect 33,500 people when they sleep at night from the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes - that would otherwise cause severe illness, or worse. That's the equivalent of 67 entire villages covered. These nets can be expected to save the lives of 10 to 15 people and prevent 13,000 cases of malaria.

Oarsome. HUGE congratulations Oli and George – and thank you.


Congratulations to Anna Doubell on her English Channel Swim


Image from: https://doubs-swims.squarespace.com/ecswim

We don't generally blog about a fundraising event, completed or otherwise, but an English Channel Swim is different.

What's different is that it is an extraordinary challenge. It is rightly one of the iconic challenges. 21 miles, as the crow flies, you and a swim suit and some grease to keep you warm-er. It requires years of training, courage, fitness and a never-give-up attitude. You have to swim some of it in the dark, cope with the wind, tides, swells, jellyfish and possibly sea-sickness when you are close to physical and mental exhaustion. You can't touch the support boat and are burning calories faster than you can take them in. Most failed attempts come through people running out of stamina - physical or mental.

So, we offer our heartfelt congratulations to Anna Doubell for successfully completing her English Channel swim! An incredible achievement. Anna swam the channel in 12 hours and 24 minutes.

Anna has also raised A$8,444 (at time of writing) for AMF that will fund 3,131 long-lasting insecticidal nets that will protect 5,600 people when they sleep at night from the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes that would otherwise cause severe illness, or worse. These nets can be expected to save the lives of two people and prevent several thousand cases of malaria.

Anna, a huge well done - and thank you.

PS: If you’d like to understand a little of what it takes to be a Channel Swimmer, watch this.


Accounts for FY to 30 June 2018 (unaudited) now available


Our Financial Year has just ended and, as part of our commitment to efficiency, our annual accounts have been generated and are available to view on our Easier-to-understand accounts page.

We are able to show our pre-audit numbers within a few hours of the end of our financial year due to the level of automation of our financial systems which brings a number of benefits:

  1. Accurate management information - On any aspect of our finances at any time
  2. Improved transparency - For management, governance and audit purposes
  3. Improved efficiency - Minimal administrative input to prepare the accounts at year end (data is entered most working days during the year)
  4. Swift production of our annual accounts - Within 24 hours of the FY end i.e. once the closing balances on our accounts are known the next day
  5. Assisting our auditors - Swift availability of our draft annual accounts to give our auditors maximum flexibility in scheduling their work
  6. Keeping stakeholders up to date – Providing donors, trustees and other stakeholders with timely information on our financial status and performance

A further benefit is we now have 'real-time' financials in our 'Easier-to-Understand' section of our financial information.

Note: We have posted this today, rather than on Monday 2nd July, as this year we have been completing other developments in our internal financial management system.


AMF funds 3.86 million nets for distribution in Guinea from March to April 2019


AMF has signed an agreement with the Guinea Ministry of Health to fund 3.86 million nets for distribution from March to April 2019. This represents 45% of Guinea's long-lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) need for their 2019 universal coverage campaign and a financial contribution of 25% of the cost of the universal coverage campaign.

The nets will be distributed in all 20 prefectures of four of Guinea’s regions, specifically Boké, Faranah, Kankan and Nzérékoré.

In total, 6.9 million people will be protected when they sleep at night from the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes – which would otherwise cause servere illness, or worse. Malaria is one of the primary health issues in Guinea, with high incidence levels seen across the majority of the country. These nets have the potential to play a major part in reducing deaths and illness.

AMF allocates individual donations to specific distributions and so far we have allocated 14,933 individual donations from 6,954 donors from 80 countries. These figures will increase as further donations are allocated. Many donations, large and small, help fund these nets.

We will report openly on progress and performance throughout and after the distribution.

Key elements of our agreement include:

  • AMF is funding 3,860,000 LLINs for distribution in 2019 with the possibility of this rising to 5 million nets if registration data reliably indicates a higher population figure than that used in planning
  • This is a co-funding partnership with non-net costs (shipping, pre-distribution, distribution) funded by the Global Fund and the President's Malaria Initiative
  • '105%' data collection will be used for the household-level registration process to support accurate data gathering – 5% of households will be re-visited as a check on registration numbers
  • AMF will collect household registration data from the entirety of a proportion of villages as an independent check on registration and population numbers
  • Household-level data will be collected on paper and then entered into AMF's Data Entry System (DES) for analysis and verification
  • The above elements combined are the basis for a highly accountable distribution
  • Post-distribution monitoring of net use and condition (PDMs) will take place every six months for two and a half years in all four regions. AMF will fund this.

Further information


Update on actions to deal with insecticide resistance in some mosquitoes


Summary

A new type of net called a PBO net is being trialed that could prove effective in killing those mosquitoes that are showing resistance to the insecticide used on standard nets.

PBO, piperonyl butoxide, is a chemical synergist that is safe for humans that is added to the net and works by ‘switching off’ the mosquitoes’ insecticide resistance mechanism allowing the insecticide on the net to do its job – cause ‘knock down’ – i.e. kill the malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

AMF funded six million PBO nets that were distributed in Uganda between March 2017 and March 2018 to protect 10.8 million people and an 18-month randomized controlled trial (RCT), a gold-standard study, to help answer the following question:

Are PBO nets more effective at preventing malaria in areas where some mosquitoes have developed resistance to the insecticide used on LLINs and, if so, how much more effective and under what conditions?

Work has been proceeding well, on time and on budget with the results planned for publication in Spring 2019.

Full detail

The current situation

Malaria is decreasing globally. In the last 15 years, malaria deaths and cases have fallen by 60% with long-lasting insecticide-treated nets credited in studies for being responsible for 70% of this decline.

However, there are currently two significant challenges to achieving further reductions in malaria. First, there is not enough funding to ensure basic malaria control activities take place in all malaria-affected countries. Second, some mosquitoes are showing resistance to the insecticide that is used on long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs).

Darwin showed how species adapt to their environment and that is what some populations of mosquitoes are doing. It is not surprising, therefore, that some mosquitoes are showing insecticide resistance.

Although only a small proportion of all mosquitoes, estimated at <2%, show this resistance, we must act now to ensure the population of resistant mosquitoes does not spread and existing resistance levels are reversed.

Although LLINs can still be effective in acting as a physical barrier to prevent a malaria-carrying mosquito reaching a person sleeping underneath the net, we do not want to lose the very important element in malaria control - the ‘knock down’ (killing) of mosquitoes that occurs when they land on and walk on a net and pick up insecticide via their feet.

Defeating insecticide resistance: PBO Nets

A major tool in defeating insecticide resistance could be the PBO net. This is a standard LLIN that has a chemical ‘synergist’ called piperonyl butoxide (PBO) added to it. PBO, which is safe for humans, works by switching off the mosquitoes’ insecticide resistance mechanism leaving the net to have its normal knock down effect.

In recent years, the results from laboratory and small-scale hut trials indicated that the PBO net could be highly effective against insecticide resistant mosquitoes. There was widespread agreement in the scientific community that the PBO nets needed to be tried at scale. As PBO nets provide protection that is at least as good as that from standard LLINs, there is no ethical issue when considering the distribution of PBO nets at scale.

AMF agreed to back this view and funded 6 million PBO nets that were distributed in Uganda between March 2017 and March 2018, including in areas where levels of insecticide resistance had been recorded. All of these nets were funded by AMF donors to whom we had made the promise that 100% of their donations would fund nets. Two different types of PBO nets were funded from two different manufacturers.

Assessing the effectiveness of PBO nets

As this was the first time PBOs had been deployed at scale, AMF also funded a rigorous academic study to test their effectiveness compared to standard (‘non-PBO’) LLINs. Funding for the study was provided only by donors who were comfortable funding research.

The study has a clear aim to answer the following question:

Are PBO nets more effective at preventing malaria in areas where some mosquitoes have developed resistance to the insecticide used on the nets and if so, how much more effective and under what conditions?

The AMF-funded study is being led by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) who are working closely with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and researchers at the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC) in Kampala and at Makerere University, both of the latter in Uganda.

The study has been designed to provide results that are statistically significant. This has been achieved by having many study sites, 124 ‘clusters’, so that the study has statistical ‘power’, and by ensuring that clusters can be compared with the only relevant difference between them being whether they received standard LLINs or PBO nets. In this way, any differences in outcome can be linked to the net type.

The primary indicator being monitored in the study is malaria prevalence in children and this is being done using highly accurate testing methodologies. The effect of PBO nets on the mosquito population is also being studied. The study team carried out tests and collected data before nets were distributed, a baseline study, and has collected data in two further stages, at 6 months and 12 months post-distribution of the nets.

Work has been proceeding well, on time and on budget with the results planned for publication in Spring 2019. Another organisation has agreed to fund data collection at 18-months and a further study at 24-months may occur.

It is important to us that the study be open to all. During the planning and consultative phase, AMF shared widely the study protocol and received valuable input. All results will be published in full.

By understanding to what extent PBO nets can play a role in combatting insecticide resistance in mosquitoes, the ultimate value of this study is to help net funders, including health ministries, make informed decisions about the nets they purchase and distribute that will optimize malaria control.

Of note, a recent trial in Tanzania has reported positive results from a smaller scale deployment of PBO nets: malaria prevalence was less in areas using PBO nets than in control areas using standard nets. At 9 months after nets were distributed, malaria prevalence was 531 out of the 1,852 children tested (29%) compared to 767/1,809 (42%) in the control area; at 21 months 865/1,930 (45%) compared to 1,255/2,034 (62%). These are significant improvements.

We will keep our supporters up to date both with the results of the study and as we continue to explore innovations in the fight against malaria.


AMF recognized by Her Majesty The Queen - Commonwealth Point of Light


AMF is delighted and honored that founder Rob Mather has been presented with the Commonwealth's 53rd Point of Light award, representing the United Kingdom. The Commonwealth Points of Light are awarded by Her Majesty the Queen to recognize outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community.

The award for Rob was presented by HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, on 16th April, the opening day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre.

Rob said:

“It is an honour to have the work of the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) recognised in this way. Many people and organisations have supported AMF in a voluntary capacity over many years and this recognition is of them also as AMF would not have been able to contribute in the way it has without them.

“All of us at AMF are passionate about contributing to the reduction and eventual elimination of malaria. My own motivation has been simple. My four children go to sleep at night where a mosquito bite would lead to an annoying itch. Many other people have children and family members for whom the consequences of a mosquito bite could be severe illness, or far worse, so we won’t stop working as a team and with many partners until that has been changed.”

Commonwealth Points of Light 2018 (incl short video)
Point of Light award


US$160m milestone passed!


We have now reached US$160 million raised - thanks to a donation from London, England!

We have also just passed 316,000 donations received, with this coming from over 102,000 people in 187 countries! As always, our sincere thanks to everyone for their support and generosity.

You can see all of our previous milestones on our Milestones page.


AMF funds 4.3 million nets for distribution in Malawi from August to December 2018


AMF has signed an agreement with the Malawi Ministry of Health to fund 4.3 million nets for distribution from August to December 2018. This represents 40% of Malawi's long-lasting insecticide treated net (LLIN) need for their 2018 universal coverage campaign.

The nets will be distributed in 12 of Malawi's 28 districts, specifically Dedza, Dowa, Kasungu, Nkhotakota and Ntcheu Districts (all in the Central Region) and Balaka, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Mangochi, Mulanje, Neno, Phalombe and Thyolo Districts (all in the Southern Region).

In total, 7.8 million people will be protected. Malaria is one of the primary health issues in Malawi, with high incidence levels seen across the majority of the country. These nets have the potential to play a major part in reducing deaths and illness.

AMF allocates individual donations to specific distributions and so far we have allocated 29,533 individual donations from 12,511 donors from 102 countries. These figures will increase as further donations are allocated. Many donations, large and small, help fund these nets.

We will report openly on progress and performance throughout and after the distribution.

Key elements of our agreement include:

  • AMF is funding 4,300,000 LLINs for distribution in 2018
  • This is a co-funding partnership with non-net costs (shipping, pre-distribution, distribution) funded by the Global Fund
  • '105%' data collection will be used for the household-level registration process to support accurate data gathering - 5% of households will be re-visited as a check on registration numbers
  • AMF will collect household registration data from the entirety of a proportion of villages as an independent check on registration and population numbers
  • Household-level data will be collected on paper and then entered into AMF’s Data Entry System (DES) for analysis and verification. This, and the above elements combined, are the basis for a highly accountable distribution.
  • Post-distribution monitoring of net use and condition (PDMs) will take place every six months for two and a half years in all districts. AMF will fund this.

Further information


AMF funds 3.6 million nets for distribution in Ghana from August to December 2018


AMF has signed an agreement with the Ghana Ministry of Health to fund 3.6 million nets for distribution from August to December 2018. This represents 35% of Ghana's long-lasting insecticide treated net (LLIN) need for their 2018 universal coverage campaign.

The nets will be distributed in four of Ghana's ten regions, specifically Brong Ahafo, Western, Upper East and Northern.

In total, 6.5 million people will be protected. Malaria is one of the primary health issues in Ghana, with high incidence levels seen across the majority of the country. These nets have the potential to play a major part in reducing deaths and illness.

AMF allocates individual donations to specific distributions and so far we have allocated 9,868 individual donations from 5,707 donors from 77 countries. These figures will increase as further donations are allocated. Many donations, large and small, help fund these nets.

We will report openly on progress and performance throughout and after the distribution.

Key elements of our agreement include:

  • AMF is funding 3,600,000 LLINs for distribution in 2018
  • This is a co-funding partnership with non-net costs (shipping, pre-distribution, distribution) funded by the Global Fund
  • '101.5%' data collection will be used for the household-level registration process to support accurate data gathering - 1.5% of households will be re-visited as a check on registration numbers
  • AMF will collect household registration data from the entirety of a proportion of villages as an independent check on registration and population numbers
  • Household-level data will be collected using electronic devices and then imported into AMF's Data Entry System (DES) for analysis and verification. This, and the above elements combined, are the basis for a highly accountable distribution.
  • Post-distribution monitoring of net use and condition (PDMs) will take place every six months for two and a half years in all regions. AMF will fund this.

Further information


AMF granted tax-deductible status for donors in Norway


We are delighted to report that AMF now has tax-deductible status for donors in Norway.

AMF has been granted this status effective 01 January 2017 by Skatteetaten, Norway’s tax authority, so any donations made to AMF on or after that date can be considered tax-deductible by the donor.

  • To qualify, a minimum of NOK 500* must be donated in one (calendar) year
  • A maximum of NOK 30,000* is tax-deductible per donor (with this total being the total given to all charities, not per charity) for 2017 and NOK 40,000 for 2018.
  • Taxpayers should include information about their donations in their tax return

* At current exchange rates (Jan 2018), NOK 500 ~ US$60 and NOK 30,000 ~ US$3,700, NOK 40,000 ~ US$5,000

Note: All online donations from Norwegian residents automatically receive an acknowledgement with a link to a downloadable tax receipt. 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, and tax receipts are sent on request.


US$150m milestone passed!


We have now reached US$150 million raised - thanks to a donation from Germany!

We are also nearing 300,000 donations raised, with this coming from nearly 100,000 people in 186 countries! As always, our sincere thanks to everyone for their support and generosity.

You can see all of our previous milestones on our Milestones page.




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