Against Malaria Foundation

The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) is a British charity that provides funding for mass distribution of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) to populations at high risk of malaria. It was founded in August 2004 by Rob Mather (Against Malaria Foundation 2010; Mather 2020).

GiveWell estimates that it costs about USD 5 to purchase and distribute an AMF-funded net (GiveWell 2020a), and that a marginal donation of about USD 4,000 to AMF is expected to avert one death from malaria (GiveWell 2020b: sheet 'AMF', cell B218; see also GiveWell 2017 and, for details on how these estimates have evolved over time, see Sánchez et al 2020).

In addition to funding distribution of nets, AMF has more recently supported research on piperonyl butoxide (PBO) nets, a new type of LLIN (Hollander 2020). Mosquito populations appear to have become more resistant to standard insecticides: according to GiveWell's rough estimates, this resistance has reduced the effectiveness of insecticide-treated nets by one third in the areas where AMF operates (GiveWell 2020c). Against resistant mosquitoes, PBO nets appear to be more effective than standard insecticide-treated nets: an AMF-funded trial—the largest such trial to assess the effectiveness of PBO nets to date—found that PBO nets reduced malaria 26%, 27% and 16% more than did conventional LLINs after 6, 12 and 18 months, respectively (Sherratt 2019)....

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