In an era when heart transplants are routine and 4 million people walk the earth because of in vitro fertilization, one woman still dies every minute from a pregnancy-related complication. Ninety percent of these deaths are preventable—but preventing them requires intervention, coordination, and money.

BRAC, the world’s largest nongovernmental development organization, is part of an international coalition intent on halving maternal deaths by 2015, a UN Millennium Development Goal. In...

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