I hope that all malaria charities will transition, as smoothly as they can, to assisting with immunization programs. But I’m not sure.
Immunization-focused charities include the GAVI Alliance, the Measles Initiative and VillageReach. Malaria-focused charities are a different set entirely including Nothing But Nets and the Against Malaria Foundation. Are malaria charities going to be happy to direct their resources toward immunization charities, or will they end up duplicating their work so they can run things themselves?
One particular thing that worries me is the extent to which malaria charities have constructed brands, stories and even names around a specific approach to the problem (bednets). For example, see the Rick Reilly column that launched Nothing But Nets.
Is it possible that charities could overemphasize the wrong solution to their problem, for the sake of a pun?
I’d like to think it’s impossible. But as long as most donors give based on stories, not facts, I can’t be sure.