Africa Fighting Malaria
Africa Fighting Malaria is a not-for-profit health advocacy group
based in South Africa and in the United States and founded in 2000.
We conduct research and write commentary on the political economy
of diseases and disease control in developing countries. We monitor and report on the aid progams of groups, including the World Bank, USAID, UNICEF and WHO in journals and the wider media. Our directors and staff have testified before both Houses of Congress and in parliamentary fora in the UK and other nations.
We focus primarily on malaria but write about other public health
problems as well, including HIV/AIDS and the problems associated with poverty and a lack of health systems.
Africa Fighting Malaria receives its funding from a number of different
sources, however because of the nature of our work we have a policy
of not accepting funds from any government, the insecticdes industry
or the pharmaceutical industry.
In the past three years (since June 1st 2004) we have received funding from individuals and from the following organisations:
- Anglo American Chairman's Fund
- Hedge Funds vs. Malaria Initative
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Malaria is a deadly parasitic disease spread by mosquitoes, which
infects 400 to 500 million people per year. According to the UN's
World Health Organization, it kills as many as 2.5 million people
every year, most of which are children under the age of five.
To effectively fight this scourge disease, global public health
services must be free to employ all available tools, including medicines,
biological controls, and pesticides. According to tropical disease
experts, one of the most effective tools for fighting malaria is
the limited use of small amounts of the pesticide DDT inside buildings,
in particular, homes and hospitals. Despite being banned in most
industrialized countries, DDT is still commonly used to fight malaria
in many parts of Africa, Asia, and South America, where its use
saves millions of lives. AFM supports this targeted use of DDT and other insecticides along with other proven interventions, such as insecticide treated nets.