From the BBC World News:
Health ministers from around the world have agreed that swift action must be taken to reduce the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth.
My basic response to this: WHY DID IT TAKE YOU SO LONG TO NOTICE?? This has only been going on for, what? A hundred thousand years? A million? How old is the human race?At the UN Population Fund meeting in Addis Ababa the ministers said the number of women dying in this way was actually increasing in some nations.
Gee, women die when they try to have babies. What a surprise! Who ARE these yo-yos, anyway, and how many of them are female? (Guess.)
Not that I disagree. I think it would be a good thing to reduce maternal mortality; I even agree that family planning is the best way to go about it. I definitely agree that the rich world is directing all its health aid dollars to "fashionable" diseases like AIDS (stuff that kills us; we don't die in childbed - mostly), and blowing off aid for primary health care which would actually do something about maternal mortality.
I'm just floored by the sheer effrontery of it all; we've just noticed, so it must be a real problem. Men!