1 of 7 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.
2 of 7 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.
3 of 7 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.
4 of 7 But there is reason for hope. A few poor countries have succeeded in saving mothers' lives.
5 of 7 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.
6 of 7 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."
7 of 7 Dead Mums Don't Cry. Sunday, 25 June, 2005 on BBC One at 22:15 BST.