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

Dozens of nurses have been infected with COVID-19, in part as a result of restrictions imposed by the Trump administration.
A young child with an adult and a rooster outside her home; a poster of police order quarantine warning outside the house.

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…
A nurse wearing a mask speaks to a physician wearing a mask inside an ICU

‘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…
Left: A woman with her a young baby in arms and an slightly older child, playing with toys; Right: A woman with her young daughter on her lap

‘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…
A sketch of a new mother wearing a hospital gown, protective mask, looking at young babies through the glass,

Coronavirus Threatens an Already Strained Maternal Health System

On Wednesday, March 18, 28-year-old Latoyha Young and her mother, Thomasina Hayten, rushed to Sutter Health Hospital in Sacramento, believing that Young was in labor. Hospital staff sent her home — she wasn’t far enough…

When You’re Pregnant During a Pandemic

On February 27, I summited Mount Kilimanjaro and immediately had a desperate urge to pee. I should have known then, squatting in the snow next to the sign marking the summit, that I was pregnant.…
Woman speaks at a rally; surrounded by many people holding posters such as 'Housing is Healthcare'

“I’m Homeless—How Can I Self-Quarantine?”

Across from two of the tall, unnervingly skinny palm trees Los Angeles is known for, there is a light blue bungalow in a row of neat, single-story structures. After a historically dry winter, the city…
Woman does the hair of a customer at a beauty parlour in Kenya

‘You Are Beautiful’: the Kenyan Beauty Parlour Serving Female Heroin Users

Naima Said stands back and studies her handiwork. “Not quite,” the self-taught beauty therapist mumbles, her forehead furrowed in frustration. Then she delicately dabs her client’s eyelid with a squishy makeup sponge. She’s not finished…

Why the Coronavirus Outbreak Could Hit Women Hardest

At 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, I got a text message saying my children’s school in D.C. would close the next day for a deep cleaning. I’m a single mom and am lucky to have caregiving…

Meet Beauty Therapist Saving Female Heroin Addicts

Housed in the Reachout Centre Trust, which helps Mombasa residents fight drug addiction, it opened last year with a view to attracting more female users to its services that include HIV testing, counselling, methadone treatment…

My Cousin’s Experience with Childhood Trauma

Trauma is not only created by singular incidents. It can also be born out of a person’s repeated or continuous exposure to stress. A child in poverty faces a higher likelihood of developing this kind…
A mother has a baby on her lap and another young child besides her in a hut in Cambodia, she is feeding her sons some food.

The World’s Mothers Are Watching Ever More Babies Die of Starvation

When 14-year-old Wounaba first found out that she was pregnant, she was excited—until the fear kicked in.

Worried About Abortion Laws? Catholic Hospital Mergers Also Seen as Threat to Women’s Health Care

Rules written by Catholic bishops ban procedures deemed “immoral” by the church, like abortion, contraception, in-vitro fertilization and tubal ligation.

Wisconsin’s Catholic Hospitals Limit Reproductive Procedures

In reproductive care, critics argue, Catholic ethics can trump medical best practice and patients can be denied the care they desire or need.

When Catholic Hospitals Merge, Reproductive Services Can Change

In some cases, changes in hospital ownership broadened access to reproductive services in Wisconsin, in others, it restricted it

Catholic Hospitals Often Only Choice For Women of Color in Milwaukee

Expectant mothers in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, have a wealth of hospitals to choose from, unlike some of their counterparts in rural areas. For the county’s black and Hispanic women, however, the choice is often a…

Catholics Run One-Third of Wisconsin Hospitals, Putting Many Reproductive Procedures Off-Limits

When Ascension’s St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee announced it would cut back services in 2018, residents of the surrounding Sherman Park area balked. The predominantly black, low-income neighborhood already faced its share of challenges. Nearly…
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