Of all pregnancies anywhere, 15 percent will have a potentially fatal complication. In the developing world, having a baby will be the riskiest thing many women will do. Yet in half of all cases, mothers there deliver without any skilled attendant. Often, only their mother-in-law is present. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, a woman has a lifetime risk of 1 in 39 of dying from pregnancy-related complications.
Globally, an estimated 303,000 maternal deaths occurred in 2015. In Uganda alone (where the Save the Mothers program is based), some 6,000 women die a maternal death every year. (That is more than 200 times the number of women who die of the same sorts of complications in Canada, a country with roughly the same size population.)
One in four women who die during childbirth simply bleed to death. This can often be prevented by a medication that costs less than 99 cents.