Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal disease that is spread by mosquitoes who have been infected by a parasite. The disease is spread when mosquitoes feed on humans. It mostly breeds in warm climate, and exists in 103 countries worldwide. That means 3.3 billion people are affected. 90% of malaria-related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and the majority of those affected are children under 5 years old.
World Malaria Day is today — Tuesday, April 25 — which means nonprofits will set out to reach a higher goal today to advocate and spread awareness of a disease that comes from such a small insect.
As we mentioned before in our article of the world’s most effective charities, one of the great charities that fight against malaria is the Against Malaria Foundation. Both GiveWell and the Life You Can Save marked the organization as one of the most effective in terms of every dollar given to them is used efficiently. They protect people from malaria by funding anti-malaria nets and ensure that they’re distributed and used.
All public donations buy long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and each LLIN costs only $2.50. They also show you where all the nets go and monitor their use and impact.