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The Save A Life program uses donations to provide Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) to protect individuals from contracting malaria. Malaria kills hundreds of thousands of people each year. LLINs offer a simple and cost-effective way to prevent these deaths by protecting the individuals that are most likely to contract the disease.
We estimate the cost effectiveness of this program to be $31.39/QALY, which over 1,000 times more effective than the U.S. healthcare intervention threshold of $50,000/QALY.
QALY stands for Quality-Adjust Life-Year. It is a metric that can be used to help simplify the process of comparing two or more charities whose programs are meant to increase the length of a person's life and/or increase the quality of a person's life.
Click Here to learn more about the QALY metric, to see our calculations, or to use our calculator to compare other charities to the Save A Life program.
We estimate $3,412 to be a reliable calculation for statistically saving the life of one person through this program. The results for these calculations can be seen here.
These figures also factor in the cost of distribution, as well as operational and administrative expenses necessary to deliver LLINs through the Against Malaria Foundation. Below are some additional facts a figures we have taken from this program's federal tax filings.
Data taken from the 2016 World Malaria Report confirms:
Malaria is clearly an issue worth fighting. However, simply identifying the issue without also taking into consideration the most effective solutions for combating the issue would be a mistake. Based on a significant amount of research, using nets to fight malaria is currently the most effective solution to save lives. (8) The LLINs that are used not only help to protect individuals from coming in contact with the infected insect, but they also help kill the infected insects that come in contact with the net itself.
Yes. Since the year 2000, 17 countries have successful attained zero indigenous malaria cases.(4) While recent progress suggests that expertise, distribution channels, and plans for eradicating malaria worldwide exist, a lack of funding has prevented us from making more progress.
Consider this, charitable giving by sector between 2013-2015 shows that U.S. international giving has averaged approximately 5% of all giving.(5) This is roughly the same level of giving as the arts during the same time period. Considering that total giving for 2014 was approximately $358 billion(6), imagine what progress could have been made if we simply increased our international giving efforts to 10%.
Making a significant impact with a small amount of resources becomes a reality when you support the Save A Life program. Select from one of our programs below to start making an impact today:
(1)Disease and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. 2nd edition. Chapter 12 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. Mark A. Miller and John T. Sentz. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2284/
(2) Dr. Christen Lengeler of the Swiss Tropical Institute. http://www.againstmalaria.com/downloads/Cochrane_review_on_ITNs__update_2004_.pdf
(3) GiveWell, http://www.givewell.org/international/top-charities/AMF
(4) World Malaria Report (page 48) http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/252038/1/9789241511711-eng.pdf?ua=1
(5) Atlas of Giving http://www.atlasofgiving.com/atlas/9564728G/9564728G_12_14.pdf
(6) Giving Statistics http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=42#.VwerA3olgZw
(7) Why Malaria? https://www.againstmalaria.com/WhyMalaria.aspx
(8) LLIN Market and Data Analysis http://deliver.jsi.com/dlvr_content/resources/allpubs/guidelines/LLINMarkData.pdf
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