Global Malaria News
AMF's net distributions continue to grow and with this comes the need for us to analyse the data we receive to ensure every distribution has the maximum impact. We are now seeking exceptional candidates for the role of Data Analyst.
Reporting to AMF’s Operations Manager, and working closely with all the other members of the AMF team, the successful candidate will have strong technical skills but also be open, collegiate and enjoy working in a small, highly impactful team.
The Data Analyst will have exceptional organisational and analytical skills, together with a bias for identifying and solving issues. They will have strong attention to detail and excel capability, appreciate the importance of visual presentation of material for clarity and an interest in using data to improve health outcomes for the poorest communities. They will be comfortable learning about financial matters, and be willing to examine budgets in detail.
Prior experience in international development is not necessary. For the right candidate AMF would be willing for them to have flexible working arrangements.
The current members of the AMF team are based in their home offices, and it would be ideal if the Data Analyst is able to do the same. The successful candidate is likely to be in the UK/Europe/Africa time zones.
We are delighted to say we have now reached a cumulative total since AMF started of 75 million nets funded or able to be funded!
This has been possible through the support of 111,000 people in 189 countries who have made 348,468 donations. Thank you!
Once all are distributed, these nets, protecting 135 million people, can be expected to prevent the deaths of 50,000 to 70,000 people and avert 50 to 70 million cases of malaria.
Our first net distribution was in 2006 and was of 3,000 nets and our largest distribution to date has been of 12.8m nets in 2017. The total number of nets distributed or planned for distribution is 41.5m nets and distributions totalling more than 30m nets are being assessed now. The net distributions we now fund are multiple millions of nets at a time as this is the way we can best contribute to the fight against malaria.
There is a significant gap between the nets we can fund and the requests we currently have so we will continue to work hard to contribute all we can to close the net gap.
This is an accessible book that tells the story of malaria very well.
I have just finished reading it and would recommend it if you are looking for an easy, enjoyable read that leaves you with a much greater understanding of the how and why of malaria.
The book focuses on people and countries and is not at all technical.
Dr Andrew Spielman and Michael D'Antonio wrote the book in 2002 so it doesn’t cover the last 15+ years of progress fighting malaria but it is no less relevant for that. In fact, many of the stories of malaria – the victories and subsequent resurgence – are as relevant today as when the book was written.
If you have recommendations for other books that similarly tell well the story of malaria please do let me know.
Declaration: I have no connection with the authors and neither AMF, nor anyone associated with AMF, has any financial interest in the book or its sales.
Hot on the heels of our previous blogpost, albeit completed before, we’d like to offer our admiration and congratulations to the not-so Oardinary Boys, Oli Glanville and George Randell, for successfully Rowing the Atlantic - 3,000 miles in a very small boat.
And they didn’t just row it, they smashed it: they are now the second fastest pair in history to row the Atlantic.
Oli and George took part in the 2017 Talisker Atlantic Challenge, setting off from San Sebastian in the Canary Islands at 6am UTC on 14 December 2017. They made land in English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda at 22:01 UTC on 20 January 2018, just 37 days, 16 hours and 1 minute later.
This is an extraordinary challenge: 2 hours rowing, 2 hours rest, for a period of up to 60 days. Relentless. Non-stop. Burning 10,000 calories a day, consuming 6,000. You lose 20% of your body weight. 1.5 million oar strokes. It would require paragraphs here to give even a flavour of the dedication, training, strength – both physical and mental – discomfort and pain that goes into completing a successful Atlantic Challenge. We'll leave you to imagine it, if you can.
Oli and George chose to have two charities benefit from their pain and efforts, Alzheimer's Research UK and AMF.
We are delighted to report they raised an extraOARdinary £26,419 for AMF, 100% of which has been used to buy 18,606 long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to protect 33,500 people when they sleep at night from the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes - that would otherwise cause severe illness, or worse. That's the equivalent of 67 entire villages covered. These nets can be expected to save the lives of 10 to 15 people and prevent 13,000 cases of malaria.
Oarsome. HUGE congratulations Oli and George – and thank you.