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Coronavirus child care pinch in U.S. poses threat to economic gains of working women

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Most days, Zora Pannell works from her dining room table, sitting in front of her computer, turning off the video on Zoom calls to nurse her one-year-old daughter, Savannah. Pannell has balanced…

Inmates Witnessed a Suicide Attempt. They Received Coloring Pages Instead of Counseling

CHINO, Calif. — On a morning in mid-May, Anna “C.J.” Rugg, a 38-year-old transgender man who had tested positive for the coronavirus at the California Institution for Women, set his room in the medical isolation…

The Brutality of Brazil’s Pandemic Call Centers

SÃO PAULO — “I feel like I’m going to die.” It was just after midnight on April 16, and Vanessa Pereira was chatting with one of her best friends, Jaci Diniz, on WhatsApp. Three days…

The Pathologist: She Confronts the Virus From Inside Nursing Homes

“I said: ‘We are from Baghdad. We know how to handle difficult situations.’” Lubab al-Quraishi, a pathology assistant in New Jersey A few days a week, Lubab al-Quraishi, 47, wakes up before sunrise and drives…

This Nurse is Leading the Fight for Safer Hospitals

“As a nurse, there are just times when it’s very intuitive. You just sense that something catastrophic is going to happen.” Bonnie Castillo, the executive director of National Nurses United In early January, before most…

The Sexual-Health Supply Chain Is Broken

It took Dimos Sakellaridis about six years to build Kiss condoms into one of Nigeria’s top brands, with approximately 91 million sold in 2019. The prophylactics are available in shops, markets, and kiosks across the country, and…

‘They Came to Kill the Mothers.’ After a Devastating Attack on a Kabul Maternity Ward, Afghan Women Face Increased Dangers

When Fawzia Rawof heard gunfire and screams, she knew there were only three options: run, hide—or die. The doctor and midwife supervisor at a 55-bed maternity ward in Dasht-e-Barchi, a neighborhood in southwest Kabul, was…

Could Coronavirus Make Telemedicine Abortion The New Normal?

Terri first realized she was pregnant in late March. She was isolating at home with her boyfriend in rural upstate New York, where she runs a housecleaning business. At 46, she was sure she didn’t…

Surrogacy Is Complicated—Then Add a Global Pandemic

At 37 weeks pregnant, Arina* doesn’t leave her Kiev apartment often. The pandemic ricocheting around the globe means the 28-year-old surrogate can’t ride the now-closed subway or tram to the city center. To pass the…

Is Getting Pregnant “Medically Necessary” Right Now?

On Friday, March 13, the management of the large hospital in Sacramento, California, where Kate works as a nurse anesthetist announced the cancellation of all elective surgeries. Kate and her husband had been pursuing fertility…

Pregnant Black Women Navigate Two Public Health Crises During COVID-19 in Milwaukee

Twenty-seven-year-old Shakiela Riley had her birth plan ready. In her first trimester, she found an OB-GYN, reached out to a doula for an in-person consultation, and took a handful of pregnancy classes. A Milwaukee native, Riley,…

‘Don’t Have to Fight for Pennies’: New Zealand Safety Net Helps Sex Workers in Lockdown

The week before New Zealand went into full lockdown on 26 March, Lana*, 28, had taken a break from work at the high-end Wellington brothel where, since September, she had made around NZ$2,200 a month…

‘Grammie’s Taking Food to Other People’: A Trucker Keeps Trucking

Ingrid Brown loves the peace of the night, especially these days. When the sun sets, it’s just her and the road, her truck lights illuminating the highway stretching out ahead. The quiet is “like a…

Sex Workers’ Dilemma amid Covid-19

At 6.30pm every evening, Emelda Ngieno’s alarm clock buzzes her out of a deep sleep. As the sun sets, she gets up, throws on tonight’s chosen outfit and heads to her designated location: Pipeline, a…

Iran’s Nurses Are Martyrs to Trump’s Maximum Pressure

Narjes Khanalizadeh was a 25-year-old nurse in Gilan, a province along the Caspian Sea in northern Iran. In late February, after working with coronavirus patients at a hospital in the city of Lahijan, she fell…

Experts Apply Lessons From Ebola to Ensure Girls Return to School Post-Pandemic

In April of 2015, after Ebola ravaged Sierra Leone and paralyzed West Africa, schools finally began reopening. Thousands of children eagerly returned to school after nine months stuck at home, but 13-year-old Isatu and her…

‘The Reality Is, It’s Incredibly Hard’

Shelly Hughes’s typical day starts at 9 p.m. She’s used to not wanting to get out of bed and go to work, but now the feeling is much stronger. Her son, home from college because…

‘There’s No Backup’: Single Moms on Quarantining with Kids

I started taking the pandemic seriously when schools closed. I’ve never seen day-to-day life change so drastically for so many Americans. Friends began posting pictures with their kids online, with #homeschooling. I couldn’t help but…
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