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Approximately 300 million people worldwide are affected by malaria every year and more than one million of them die from the disease. In Africa, where almost all of the world's malaria cases occur, 30 million women become pregnant each year. For these women, malaria is a threat both to themselves and to their babies. Malaria among pregnant women contributes not only to more hospital visits and admissions, but in many cases results in anemia in pregnant women, premature deliveries, low birth-weight babies, and even death of unborn children.

For the past twelve years, aid agencies and businesses in Eastern Africa and Europe have called on Nairobi-based MAER Associates for organizational development assistance. Always on the go, MAER staff struggle to keep abreast of new developments in their field while juggling the demands of multiple clients.Meanwhile, in Nigeria, independent consultant Chris Onyejekwe works with local projects and health organizations to streamline their management systems.

"We will expand, scale-up, and cover more districts...but only in partnership with other [non-governmental organizations] NGOs and the public sector." Staff from the East African Development Communication Foundation (EADCF) sit together in their office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, nodding in agreement as the director reflects on the group's successes and describes how it will build on them to reach more Tanzanians with crucial HIV/AIDS information.Like many organizations in Tanzania, EADCF has struggled to understand not only how to access the millions of dollars promised by international donor

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