Pregnancy-related deaths remain an acute problem in many places, despite overall global declines in rates of maternal mortality. Every day, nearly 800 women die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth, and 99 percent of these deaths occur in developing countries. Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is a public-private partnership designed to reduce maternal mortality by up to 50 percent in selected districts in Zambia and Uganda this year. SMGL builds on U.S. investments through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Peace Corps, and the Department of Defense. The other SMGL partners include the governments of Norway, Zambia, and Uganda, the Merck for Mothers program, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Every Mother Counts.