As in previous years, there’s an end-of-year interdepartmental competitive fundraiser for the Against Malaria Foundation. This year’s fundraiser runs until December 24th. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of donations go to the purchase of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets. I would greatly appreciate any help in sharing the fundraiser, as well as any contributions you may muster :).
Roughly 250,000,000 people fall sick from Malaria each year, roughly 625,000 of whom are killed. More than three-quarters of these deaths are children under the age of 5, who are especially vulnerable to infection. These deaths are as tragic as they are preventable: long-lasting insecticidal nets cost around $2 and provide effective protection to the households that receive them.
The Against Malaria Foundation has an excellent track record in distributing such bed nets. In the last 19 years, the 250 million nets they funded and distributed protected 450 million people. It is estimated that this translates to roughly 185,000 deaths prevented, and 100 to 185 million cases of malaria averted. It is also estimated to have led to an improvement of US$6.5 billion in local economies since malaria is a crucial factor in reducing the productivity of those it affects. AMF has been rated as a top charity by GiveWell, an independent charity evaluator, each year since 2009.
You can take part in the fundraiser and see the current tally here. If you want to add your department to the list, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the department you want to add or do it yourself by using this link. Here is a dailynous post on the fundraiser: https://dailynous.com/2023/12/01/philosophers-against-malaria-fundraising-competition-across-departments/ . Sharing the fundraiser via social media, mailing lists, individual emails or other means is highly encouraged!