Worldwide battle against malaria.
The African Initiative for Malaria Control in the 21st Century (AIM) will be launched in 1999 to cover all 46 countries of the Africa region of the World Health Organization (WHO), and will spearhead WHO's global program against malaria. Britain's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has pledged to provide US$90 million from the Department for International Development (DFID) for the initiative. Malaria is sub-Saharan Africa's biggest health problem, attacking 270-480 million people and killing 1.5-2.7 million every year. Areas in which malaria was largely previously unknown are now experiencing epidemics of the disease, while the malaria parasite has developed resistance to some anti-malarial drugs and insecticides. Among the Bushmen of the Kalahari, malaria is the second most important cause of death after tuberculosis. Health Unlimited is helping to organize the distribution of bednets impregnated with pesticide in a bid to reach 80% of the population in Bushman land over the next 3-5 years.