Against Malaria Foundation

Against Malaria Foundation
Against Malaria Foundation.svg
FoundedAugust 2004; 16 years ago (August 2004)[1]
FounderRob Mather
PurposePreventing malaria
Area served
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) is a United Kingdom-based charity[2] that provides long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to populations at high risk of malaria, primarily in Africa. As of March 2021, the foundation has raised $342 million[3] and distributed or committed to fund 137 million LLINs[4] since its founding in 2004.

Nets are distributed through partnerships with the International Red Cross, the Malaria Consortium, and others, with partners responsible for the costs of distribution. Distributions include malaria education for the local population, and they are documented through reports, photos, and video.[5] Post-distribution check-ups are carried out 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30 months to assess net usage and conditions.[6]:4

AMF has eight trustees and an advisory committee drawn from malaria experts around the world.[7][8] The charity is registered in the United Kingdom and governed by the laws of England and Wales. It is also registered in the USA, Germany, Canada, Japan, and other countries.[9]


The World Swim Against Malaria was the brainchild of Rob Mather, a London-based strategy consultant. Mather had earlier organized a swim to raise money for a two-year-old girl who was badly burned in a house fire. Held in December 2003, the "Swim for Terri"[10] started as a three-person fundraiser and grew to include 10,000 swimmers in 73 countries.[11]

In 2012, AMF did not undertake all planned distributions due to safety concerns in Mali and concerns about transparency with potential partners in Malawi and Togo.[12]

AMF is rated as a highly cost-effective charity by GiveWell.[13][14][15] AMF was chosen as one of GiveWell's two highest-recommended charities (along with the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative) in 2011 and has continued to be recommended by GiveWell since then.[16] GiveWell estimates that AMF's bed net program costs about US$3000–5000 per life saved.[17]

Partners and supporters

AMF is supported by more than 100 corporations.[18] AMF's founding partners are PwC, Citigroup, Speedo, Microsoft, Allen & Overy, , Vestergaard Frandsen, and Sumitomo Chemical. Speedo also partnered with AMF's precursor organization, World Swim Against Malaria, and continues to raise money for bednets through swimming events.[19]

AMF's principal distribution partners are Concern Universal, IMA World Health, and Episcopal Relief & Development.[20]


  1. ^ "History". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "THE AGAINST MALARIA FOUNDATION - Charity 1105319". Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Website Donation Milestones page". Against Malaria Foundation. 8 March 2021. Retrieved 8 March 2021. Running counter on website
  4. ^ "Against Malaria - Net Distributions, World". Against Malaria Foundation. 8 March 2021. Retrieved 8 March 2021. Running counter on website
  5. ^ How we work with Distribution Partners, Against Malaria Foundation. This document is shared with potential distribution partners
  6. ^ "A conversation with Rob Mather and Peter Sherratt, September 9, 2015" (PDF). GiveWell. September 9, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "Trustees". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Malaria Advisory Group". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Registered Charity Status". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  10. ^ "homepage". Swim for Terri.
  11. ^ "FAQ". World Swim Against Malaria. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Update to donors with as yet allocated donations". Against Malaria Foundation.
  13. ^ Thompson, Derek. "The Most Efficient Way to Save a Life". The Atlantic. The Atlantic Monthly Group. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  14. ^ Matthews, Dylan (24 April 2015). "You have $8 billion. You want to do as much good as possible. What do you do?". Vox. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Our Top Charities". GiveWell. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  16. ^ Fenwick, Alan (1 May 2017). "Schistosomiasis research and control since the retirement of Sir Patrick Manson in 1914". Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 111 (5): 191–198. doi:10.1093/trstmh/trx036. PMC 5914372. PMID 28957468. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  17. ^ Singer, Peter (2019). "Chapter 6". The Life You Can Save (10th anniversary ed.). Bainbridge Island, WA. ISBN 9781733672719. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Pro bono support". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  19. ^ "Speedo World Swim". Against Malaria Foundation. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  20. ^ "Distribution Partners". Against Malaria Foundation. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

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