‘We are facing a global tragedy in maternal mortality. And I do not believe we can begin to resolve any of the problems facing the developing world if we cannot first save the lives of these women.
Back in 2000 the United Nations established the 8 Millennium Development Goals setting out what the UK, France and other major countries accepted as achievable goals. It is to the great credit of these countries that they included in these goals the objective to reduce the number of mothers dying in childbirth by three-quarters by 2015.
It is to no-one's credit that this is the only millennium development goal where — halfway to the deadline — absolutely no progress has been made.’ (Brown 2008a)