Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the “Saving Mothers, Giving Life” project today—an ambitious, dynamic effort by the U.S. government to increase efficiency, spur innovation, and ensure impact in a fundamental area of global health. Maternal mortality is the ultimate health indicator, reflecting both a health system’s strength and how accessible it is to women and girls. If successful, “Saving Mothers” will be an important dimension of Clinton’s legacy as Secretary, lifting the lives of women, families, and communities around the world. The “Saving Mothers” project is the first concrete expression of how the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) can change the way the U.S. government operates in the global health arena.

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