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Many charities run programs to distribute insecticide-treated bednets to protect against mosquitoes that transmit malaria. We have seen few charities focusing on other anti-malaria programs such as medicines to treat malaria or spraying pesticide to kill mosquitoes.
Based on a review of the evidence for insecticide-treated net distributions, we believe that under $2000 can save a life. For more information, see our full evidence review of mass distributions of insecticide-treated nets.
Donors should be aware that while ITNs are a highly cost-effective way to save lives, charities' claims of the low cost of saving a life with an net can be overblown.2 $10 may buy and distribute a net, but not every child who sleeps under a net would have died otherwise, and even properly used nets do not offer 100% protection.
For donors interested in using their donation to fight malaria, we recommend:
See list of leading causes of death (2004).