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Against Malaria Foundation Charity Profile
The MFI is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, dedicated to the fight against malaria since 1992. This website was created in 1995 to provide a central source of information about this devastating disease. The MFI works in partnership with many individuals and groups who have since joined this cause. The MFI’s goals are to support awareness, education, training, research, and leadership programs for the immediate and long term development and application of tools to combat malaria. Children are most vulnerable to malaria. This disease also severely affects pregnant women and non immune individuals. There are hundreds of millions cases of malaria annually in over 90 countries, which result in several million deaths each year. The Malaria Foundation was founded in 1992 by Dr. Mary R. Galinski. With the commitment and dedication of malaria researchers and experts in a variety of professions, plans were carried forward to create a private international entity dedicated to the effective prevention, treatment, and control of malaria. The Malaria Foundation, Inc. became registered in the United States as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1993, and was subsequently renamed the Malaria Foundation International (MFI). Steps have since been taken to develop interactive MFI branches in other parts of the world. The MFI's organizational structure includes its Board of Trustees, International Board, Scientific Advisory Board, Business Advisory Board, Executive Director, and Program Directors. Its activities are also guided and supported by its sponsors, partners and volunteers. In fact, the Foundation has thrived to date almost entirely on volunteer support from its board members, community members, and students.
Why the Malaria Foundation was started....
The incidence and severity of malaria was on the rise worldwide, with up to 500 million annual cases, and the availability and application of effective solutions was not immediately forthcoming. Resistance to available drugs was spreading rapidly, making them unreliable in many parts of the world, and a malaria vaccine was years away from being produced, tested, and deployed. Furthermore, social programs to curb the spread of malaria through education and community control activities were limited, and in many places were non-existent. Meanwhile, funding for malaria research and control was not only extremely limited, especially compared to the scope of the problem, but was decreasing, and no other organization existed that was dedicated specifically to addressing problems caused by this disease.
*The situation remains as serious today. However, the world is beginning to pay serious attention to this problem. numerous global initiatives have sprung up in the past few years, and the outlook for progress is much more promising as a result.
The Malaria Foundation International was founded with the tenet that much more must be learned about malaria before long-lasting preventative and curative methods can be assured. The ultimate solutions will come through continued research and its effective application. MALARIA IS A PREVENTABLE DISEASE, AND TREATABLE - if effective medications are available, and if adequate health care infrastructure and expertise is available in severe cases (e.g. with severe anemia, cerebral malaria, other organ complications, malaria & pregnancy complications, etc). Bringing it into control will require strong political will and steadfast dedication, along with enhanced global communication and networking, long-term funding commitments, education, sustainable training programs, monitoring, evaluation, and capacity building. The MFI supports partners working to ensure the distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated nets, indoor residual spraying, or effective malaria medications, along with other measures that may be appropriate for specific communities. The MFI also advocates for education and training, working in partnership, with a view towards enhancing economic development and the overall quality of life in malarious parts of the world.
To facilitate the development and implementation of solutions to the health, economic and social problems caused by malaria.
To this end, the Malaria Foundation International supports programs that facilitate:
(1) global communication and networking
(2) malaria research
(5) leadership for malaria control
Against Malaria Foundation Volunteer Information
The Malaria Foundation International aims to raise funds from public donations to develop and expand a series of innovative malaria projects. Funds will be used entirely to fight malaria, to make these projects thrive, and to engage an increasing number of people in the global fight against malaria. Projects can be oriented towards increased awareness and fundraising, scientific research and development, or controlling the disease through community based projects. Funds raised through the support of these projects will be used to reduce malaria immediately in affected villages and communities. The MFI encourages individuals, companies, foundations, and governments to support its current projects and to start new unique malaria projects. MFI supported projects have the direct aim to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by malaria. We aim for the ultimate eradication of malaria with, in many cases, long-lasting personal relationships developing between donors and the recipient communities benefiting from the funds raised. Donors, please specify if you would like your contribution to go to a specific MFI project, or for support at the discretion of the MFI board.
The Malaria Foundation International's accomplishments, over the years since its inception in 1992, are almost entirely the product of volunteer efforts (read more at About MFI ). Funds are now being raised to support and expand MFI's potential, with project leaders hired as staff members to be dedicated to future endeavors. The MFI's boards have voluntarily played regular instrumental roles in the foundations directions, decision making, review of documents, global networking, and agenda setting. The Foundation set the vision for a malaria-free world. When the MFI started, there was very little information available about malaria, and no other organizations existing that were dedicated to this disease. As new organizations rise up, the MFI continues to re-invent itself, seeking gaps that need to be filled. The Foundation has progressed from promoting awareness - a task also now embraced by an increasing number of groups - to encouraging greater communication, collaboration and team work, and emphasizing the extreme importance of education and economic development as factors in the fight against malaria. The MFI supports all immediate measures that can impact the death and suffering caused by malaria (e.g. insecticide treated nets, indoor residual spraying, and effective treatment), but as a leading authority, the organization wants to be sure we are not looking solely for a quick fix. Rather, we need to recognize that malaria is complex - and we need true leaders developed who understand this disease and will be there for the long haul, working steadfast towards the elimination of malaria in Africa and the many other parts of the world where malaria exists.
Thank you for your contributions
POTENTIAL DONORS, when considering a donation to the MFI, please consider the following categories & our interest in developing a productive working relationship with you. Your project suggestions and your possible direct role in helping to develop specific projects are welcomed. All discussions and new strong partnerships are welcome, which may help us impact the continued spread and devastation caused by malaria worldwide - whether at the individual, family, community, national or international level.