Malaria charity

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The content we last updated in 2011 appears below. This content is likely to be no longer fully accurate, both with respect to the research it presents and with respect to what it implies about our views and positions.

  • Malaria is a leading cause of child mortality in the developing-world.1
  • Interventions to reduce deaths from malaria (such as insecticide-treated nets) are proven and cost-effective (more below).
  • We recommend: Against Malaria Foundation

Published: 2009; Updated: 2011

How do charities address malaria?

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.

What are the challenges of finding a great malaria charity?

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.

Where should you donate to fight malaria?

For donors interested in using their donation to fight malaria, we recommend:

  • Against Malaria Foundation, which distributes insecticide-treated nets. AMF is extremely transparent, publishing the status of each distribution on its website. For more, see our full review of the AMF.
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