India, August 2015 – Meet the women fighting corruption and saving mothers’ lives in India

The End Maternal Mortality Now scheme in the Indian district of Sonitpur visits villages to interview expecting and new mothers and their families, in order to identify possible failings in the medical system, including instances of corruption.

These reports are verified by volunteers and published on an interactive map online. A range of cases have been uncovered including: a malnourished woman who was told she had to pay for medicine while hospitalised in her fourth month of pregnancy; nurses leaving a woman with an open wound for hours and then demanding a bribe from her sister-in-law to stitch her; and a woman who had delivered a stillborn baby was told to pay a bribe to remove residual tissue from her womb and cremate the baby’s body.