The Carter Center - Malaria Control Program

This page is part of our report on The Carter Center.

Published: 2009

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What do they do?

The Carter Center distributes insecticide-treated nets in areas of Nigeria and Ethiopia. In Nigeria, it distributes nets in conjunction with mass drug administration programs (against onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis.)1 In Ethiopia, The Carter Center has purchased 3 million nets for the national malaria control program, the remaining quantity needed to reach the program's goal of 20 million nets.2

Evidence of effectiveness

General evidence on this program type

Insecticide-treated nets are a proven method for reducing mortality from malaria. For more, see our full report on insecticide-treated nets.

Monitoring provided by The Carter Center

The Carter Center presents the number of nets distributed, nets retreated, and the percentage of the target population reached,3 but does not seem to monitor either net utilization or changes in malaria prevalence.

What do you get for your dollar?

Program costs

The Carter Center does not appear to make information available on how much this program costs. In general, independent estimates imply relatively strong cost-effectiveness for net distribution, although we do not have enough information about the Carter Center's program to compare it to those from which independent estimates are derived. Independent estimates are in a range of $19-$85 per disability-adjusted life-year (DALY), or $700-$3000 to avert a death in addition to ~300 less severe malaria episodes. For more information, see our discussion of the cost-effectiveness of insecticide-treated nets and our discussion of the DALY metric.


  • 1

    "The Carter Center partnered with the Nigerian Ministry of Health and linked ITN distribution with mass drug administration programs for LF on a pilot basis." Carter Center, "Program review for the Lions-Carter Center SightFirst river blindness programs (2008)," Pg 66.

  • 2

    "As of December 2008, the Center has provided a total of 3,200,000 LLINs. Three million of these LLINs were the Center's contribution to the Ethiopian national campaign to provide 20 million LLINs by August 2007. Carter Center, "Malaria Program Summary (2008)," Pg 2.

  • 3

    Carter Center, "Program review for the Lions-Carter Center SightFirst river blindness programs (2008)," Pg 80, Figure 42.