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In pictures: Tackling maternal mortality
Grace Kodindo speaking to a pregnant woman
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In 2000, as part of their Millennium Development Goals, 189 countries promised to cut three quarters of maternal mortality by 2015. But five years later, the progress is far behind schedule.
Grace Kodindo examining a baby
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As part of BBC's Africa Lives season, Panorama filmed obstetrician Grace Kodindo's struggle to stop mothers in Chad dying. In Chad the lifetime chance of a woman dying in pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 11, in the UK it's 1 in 5,100.
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Reporter Steve Bradshaw travels with Grace to a village where mothers must rely on Traditional Birth Attendants. But Grace fears that these untrained women aren't equipped to save women's lives.
People in Honduras
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But there is reason for hope. A few poor countries have succeeded in saving mothers' lives.
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In Honduras, maternal mortality has been cut far faster than some of its wealthier neighbours, largely because influential men and women care enough to make the issue a priority.
Grace Kodindo
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Grace and Steve visit Honduras to see how they have achieved these cuts. On her return to Chad, Grace says "I'm now more optimistic that the MDG can be fulfilled."
A woman
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Dead Mums Don't Cry. Sunday, 25 June, 2005 on BBC One at 22:15 BST.


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