AMF Bed-Nets

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One the world's most cost-effective evidence-based charities

Effective Altruism NZ supports the Against Malaria Foundation to provide long-life insecticide treated bed-nets to malaria affected areas. According to charity evaluator GiveWell, this may be one the most cost-effective ways of saving lives.

To find out when and where the nets we fund are distributed, take a look at the table below. We make transfers to the Against Malaria Foundation a few times a year, pooling together the money from multiple donors to save on processing and transaction costs. Each row in the table represents one of these transfers- and links to a page on AMF’s website where you can track the progress of that distribution.

If you’d like help figuring out which transfer your donation/s were part of, feel free to contact us.

Bednets supplied by Effective Altruism New Zealand

DateAmount (NZD)Amount (GBP)Nets SuppliedPeople ProtectedLocationNet Cost (NZD)
01/12/15$7,024.52£3,101.6317883223🇺🇬 Uganda $3.96
10/04/17$1,440.63£806.72530954🇲🇼 Malawi $2.88
17/04/17$112,003.07£62,549.1944,91480,845🇵🇬  PNG $2.66
30/10/17$35,000.00£18,280.5012,44622,403🇲🇼 Malawi $ 2.81
13/02/18$14,770.00£7,750.005,75710,363🇬🇳  Guinea $ 2.57
05/04/18$72,414.68£37,396.0628,03050,454🇬🇳  Guinea $2.79
27/08/18$50,000.00£25,918.4617,68331,829🇬🇭  Ghana $3.00
27/08/18$50,000.00£25,918.4617,68331,829🇬🇭   Ghana$3.00
08/01/19$85,000.00£44,714.5335,23463,421🇨🇩  DRC$2.41
11/04/19$73,798.89£37,979.9330,75055,350🇨🇩  DRC$2.40
13/09/19$38,000.00£19,638.0915,17327,311🇨🇩  DRC$2.50
21/11/19$56,000.00£27,654.4313,34624,023🇹🇬  Togo$4.19
29/04/20$118,849.54£57,558.5444,05979,306🇨🇩 DRC$2.70

Malaria is a preventable disease transmitted by mosquitos, which provide a host for the parasite. The infection results in high fevers, nausea, aches, and sometimes death. In 2017, around half a million people died and over 200 million people fell ill due to malaria. 70% of those who suffer from malaria are under the age of 5.

Insecticide treated bednets have been shown to be highly effective at reducing both cases of malaria and the mortality rate of the disease. Each bednet costs only around $3, and can protect two people from contracting malaria while they sleep for 2-3 years. 

The affordability and efficacy of this approach makes donating to the Against Malaria Foundation one the most cost-effective ways of reducing malaria, and potentially the most cost-effective way of preventing children from dying.

The Against Malaria Foundation has been rated as the number one charity by the rigorous charity evaluator GiveWell. 

See the impact

Between 2000 and 2015, bed nets prevented 450 million cases of malaria, and averted the deaths of over 4 million people. 

This map shows the increase in the use of insecticide treated bednets, and the reduction of malaria over a fifteen year time span:

What effect did all those  bednets have?

This map shows the rate of incidence of malaria in children from aged 2 until aged 10. Red means close to EVERY child contracts malaria every year, and dark blue means no children contract malaria: