India Accused of Falsifying Maternal Death Reports to Meet UN Millenium Goals

Beyond the Veil| India has been accused of ‘hoodwinking’ the world, falsifying claims around maternal health and changing the measure of progress away from maternal survival of the delivery and post-delivery period and onto a recording of women who give birth in health facilities.

The group’s Asia women’s rights researcher, Aruna Kashyap, said in a statement Monday that the authorities were “playing number games with women’s lives” and “dangerously misleading the public”. via AFP

About 100,000 women dies in India every year, giving birth, making it the highest country for maternal deaths in hard numbers. 

It’s also alleged in the report that numbers were falsified after women were given cash to say that gave birth in health facilities, when they actually gave birth at home.