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Make a difference

Daniel, the founder of Edyssey, has spent a great deal of time working for charities and volunteering in a variety of countries, investigating how individuals can most effectively impact positive change in the world and persuade others to do the same. 

During this process he has researched these vital questions: How to do good better? How to make a difference that lasts? How to take action that makes an impact? Through this process he came across Effective Altruism.  This is a movement which rather than just doing what feels right, uses evidence and careful analysis to find the best causes to work on.

Therefore, with every purchase of a course on Edyssey, you are making a difference effectively in the lives of people in poverty, as we donate a long-lasting insecticidal bed nets to help prevent Malaria in Africa. You will be shown where your net goes and how it will be monitored and reported on with regards to its impact. The donation goes to a top-rated charity organization, The Against Malaria Foundation, which donates 100% of the money to the cause. Lower malaria rates help more children stay in school and more adults continue working, which helps individuals and families, and stimulates developing economies.

How to do good, better?

How to make a difference that lasts?

 

How to take action that makes an impact?

 

Against Malaria Foundation

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“Insecticide-treated mosquito nets are currently the only viable option to prevent malaria transmission in large parts of Africa.”

 

— World Health Organization

 

The problem: malaria

Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems worldwide. It’s a widespread and deadly disease concentrated in equatorial regions, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, where 93% of malaria-related deaths occur. 

Each year, over 200 million people become infected with malaria — and 435,000 die.  Over 60% of these deaths are children under five years old, making malaria one of the leading causes of child mortality in Africa. Even when non-fatal, malaria can damage children’s cognitive development. Pregnant women are also highly vulnerable, with the health of both mother and unborn child at risk.

Malaria is a significant financial drain on both households and countries. It’s estimated to cost Africa US$12 billion every year in direct costs of health care, absenteeism, days lost in education, decreased productivity, and loss of investment and tourism.  A 50% reduction in global malaria incidence is estimated to produce $36 in economic benefits for every $1 invested globally, with an even greater estimated return on investment of 60:1 in sub-Saharan Africa.

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The solution: long-lasting insecticidal bed nets — also known as LLINs

Malaria is spread by mosquitoes at night while people are sleeping. When LLINs are hung over beds and sleeping spaces, mosquitoes land, pick up insecticide on their feet, and die. This is a hugely effective intervention. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirms LLINs have been associated with sharp decreases in malaria in countries where malaria programs have achieved high LLIN coverage, and the World Health Organization says that “insecticide-treated mosquito nets are currently the only viable option to prevent malaria transmission in large parts of Africa.”

 

A significant number of studies, including randomized controlled trials, have demonstrated and quantified the effectiveness of LLINs. We know that malaria can be brought under control and infection rates kept low long-term when LLINs are effectively distributed over the course of a decade in malarious areas. Eradication is possible — and is occurring! In fact, Sri Lanka was declared malaria-free in 2017 after three years of no native cases of malaria.

 

How is the Donation Used?

Every dollar from public donations is used to buy LLINs. AMF’s minimal administrative costs are already covered by a small group of private donors, and distribution costs are covered by partners on the ground.

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