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AMF's Risk Register published

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:12 by General

We have made public our Risk Register.

The Risk Register is an important document that allows us to list, rank, share and act as necessary to ensure AMF is doing the most it can to protect people from malaria. We list here the core, financial, IT, employee, board and compliance risks as part of our commitment to transparency and accountability. We monitor these risks on a continuing basis.

 

 

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676,000 LLIN distribution agreed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 11:45 by General
AMF has agreed to fund 676,000 LLINs for distribution in the province of Kasaï Occidental. The nets will be distributed from July to October 2014 to protect approximately 1.2 million people.
 
The distribution is a partnership between AMF which will be funding all nets, the UK's Department of International Development (DFID) which will be funding all non-net costs through the ASSP (Access to Primary Health Care) project and IMA World Health which will be responsible for carrying out the distribution and post-distribution follow-up.
 
DRC is one of the two most affected malaria countries in the world. Large scale net distributions therefore have the potential to make a significant improvement to the health of the communities protected.
 
At the same time, operating in DRC is challenging given the recent conflict, poor infrastructure, minimal access to health care, difficult geography and long distances between towns and villages.
 
The distribution of nets and follow-up will be strongly data-driven. The distribution will be accompanied by detailed monitoring and reporting. Post-distribution check-ups of net use and condition will take place on a six to nine month rolling schedule for three years. The detailed planning of the distribution and follow-up will respect the practicalities of working in such a challenging environment as that presented by DRC.  
 
DFID has significant experience in operating in DRC, including funding large scale net distributions, and has in-country presence. IMA World Health has worked in DRC since 2000 and currently manages a series of significant health initiatives across five of the country’s eleven provinces. They have significant management experience of conducting large scale net distributions.
 
 
 
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Ntcheu, Malawi - Strong continued net use and condition after 24 months

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:41 by General
Summary
 
The Post-Distribution net use and condition Check-Up (PDCU) in Ntcheu, Malawi, carried out 24 months post-distribution, has shown an 81% hang-up of nets with 49% still being in ‘very good’ condition (up to two holes of up to 2cms in size). These are strong results. The sample size was significant: 9,100 households and 19,000 nets, representing 7% of the initial nets distributed and at least 250 households in each health centre catchment area.
 
Final information is being entered in Malawi and can be followed live, as it is being entered. We will continue to monitor and report on progress.
 
Detail
 
Equally as important as the initial coverage of a population with nets, is the continued use of the nets so they continue to protect a population and prevent malaria.
 
The challenging environments in which nets are distributed can lead to nets becoming damaged or worn out so the number of nets hung, and the condition they are in, will decline over time.
 
However, initial high levels of coverage, a community’s understanding of the importance of the use and good treatment of nets, as well as appropriate interventions by health leaders all contribute to optimising the impact of the nets.
 
Data showing the level of net use and condition allows an understanding of the actual net coverage as well as providing the District Health Officer (DHO) and Malaria Coordinator (MC) and their teams with information that can be helpful in deciding on additional anti-malaria related interventions and where to direct them. This is particularly valuable where resources are limited.

We track net use and condition via a series of ‘Post-Distribution Check-ups’ (PDCUs) every six to nine months that involves unannounced visits to a randomly-selected set of households across all health-centre catchment areas, representing 5% of those that received nets initially. This provides statistically significant and locally actionable information. It is time-effectively and cost-effectively gathered and collated through a partnership between AMF, the local distribution partner and the local health teams. The information is immediately available to local health leaders.
 
Malaria is the, or one of the, most significant health issues in the areas in which nets are distributed and nets are the most effective method of prevention. Understanding the level of net coverage in the extended period after a mass distribution, and working to sustain high levels of net coverage justifies in our view the modest investment of time and money in collecting this data.
 
‘Universal coverage’ is used here to mean all sleeping spaces covered. A goal of some mass distribution programmes is 80% initial sleeping space coverage. We, and our partners, believe higher levels of coverage should be the aim and are achievable. We present and colour code the PDCU data on the basis that 90%, 85% and 80% coverage after 6 , 15 and 24 months represent a ‘very good’, and therefore the desired, outcome.
 
 
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Malawi, Ntcheu District: net use assessment 24-months post-distribution

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 17:34 by General
The 24-months post-distribution net use check-up (PDCU) was conducted in Ntcheu District during December 2013/January 2014.  9,250 households across all 37 health centre catchment areas in the district were visited, unannounced, to assess net use and condition.
 
The data are bring entered now and may be viewed as they are being entered in Malawi.
 
As soon as all data have been entered we will also publish a summary of the results.
 
The specific nature of the data - at the health centre level - means the District Health Officer (DHO), health centre leaders, community leaders and other health workers are able to decide what targeted malaria control intervention might be appropriate in specific areas. In circumstances where health systems and resources are stretched, information that assists with targeted interventions can help with effective use of resources and that is the aim of this information.
 
Background: 270,000 LLINs were distributed in Ntcheu District in January to March 2012. A 6-months post-distribution check-up of net use and condition was completed in June/July 2012 and a 12-months post-distribution check-up completed in April/May 2013.
 
 
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US$22 million milestone passed!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014 17:16 by General
We have now passed the US$22 million mark - thanks to a donation from Burbank California, USA - and also had our 80,000th donation too - from San Diego!
 
Our sincere thanks to everyone for their support and generosity and best wishes for 2014.
 
You can see all our milestones on the website.
 
 
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What Would You Do If A Stranger Handed You $100?

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:07 by General

The Life You Can Save has offered thousands of dollars to strangers on the street and gave them a choice: they could keep the money and run, or hand it over to charity! See what happened in the video below and take part in their giving game too! 

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Nightmare: Malaria exceptionally well received and reviewed!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 14:41 by General

The Nightmare: Malaria game developed by Pysop Games has been exceptionally well received and reviewed! It was downloaded more than 160,000 times across 181 countries in its first ten days (wow!) and is now nearing a quarter of a million downloads, been featured in the iTunes US App Store and on FastCoCreate, and been reviewed by AndroidPolice.

 

See: iTunes App StoreGoogle Play store and Kindle Fire

 

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Future distributions update

Friday, 13 December 2013 13:34 by General
Future distributions    
We have made significant progress with assessing four distributions totalling 5.87m nets and expect to provide a formal update with details by the second week in February.

Additional funding
We are presently seeking funding of an additional $5m to be able to fund fully those distributions currently being discussed and requiring a decision before the end of March 2014.
 
 
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Tax-deductibility in Switzerland

Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:45 by General
Individuals in Switzerland can now make tax-deductible donations to AMF.
 
Effective Altruism Switzerland (EACH) is able to receive tax deductible donations on behalf of AMF. This allows individual donors to benefit from full tax deductibility when donating a minimum of CHF100. The tax deductibility applies for total donations per year of up to 20% of the donor's gross salary. A small fee of a few CHF, and up to CHF20, is deducted by EACH to cover costs. There also may be a bank transfer charge. Any donation intended for AMF must be accompanied by email notification to EACH and to AMF making clear the donation is intended for AMF.
 
 
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Nightmare: Malaria - launched!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 13:49 by General

 

Nightmare: Malaria is now available to download and play for free on your iOS and Android devices!

Our thanks go to EGG (Establishment for the Greater Good) and PsyOp who have created a fantastic animation, voiced by Susan Sarandon, and also a superb free-to-play game. 

Visit the Nightmare: Malaria site to find out more.

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