Becoming a mother in Africa can be among the most frightening and dangerous jobs in the world. The BBC's Panorama investigates why more than half a million women die every year in pregnancy and childbirth.
As part of the BBC's Africa Season, Panorama follows one woman's struggle to prevent mothers from dying during pregnancy or in childbirth in their home country. In the poverty-stricken central African country of Chad, women have a 1 in 11 chance of dying, whereas the risk in the United Kingdom is only 1 in 5,100.
Cutting maternal mortality by three quarters by 2015 was one of the eight Millennium Development Goals set by 189 countries in 2000. Five years later, progress is far behind schedule - and Panorama reveals it is slowest on the goals that affect women and children.
But Panorama's investigation shows there is reason for hope. A few poor countries have succeeded in saving mothers' lives. Steve and Grace travel to Honduras, which has cut maternal mortality far faster than some wealthier neighbors. A key reason is that influential men and women cared enough to make the issue a priority.
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