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Mysterious Deaths of Mother, Daughter Lay Bare Neglect of Rural Healthcare in India

The deaths of a village elder and her daughter during India's second COVID-19 wave raise important questions about lapses in the Indian government’s pandemic response.
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The Loneliest Lactation Consultant in the World

Pakistan has 50 million women of childbearing age and only one globally certified person to help them feed their newborns.

‘The Pain Was Unbearable’: Thousands of Women Subjected to Banned ‘Virginity Tests’

The notorious two-finger test was outlawed in Pakistan last year, but an investigation by The Fuller Project and VICE World News showed that doctors are still subjecting rape survivors to the test with impunity.
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Words for Her: Indians in America Pay Tribute to Those Affected by COVID

Those in the U.S. with ties to India are reckoning with uncertainty and fear for themselves, those immediately around them, and loved ones across the world.
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Anantnag, Indian-Administered Kashmir: ‘I Have Children And I Fear To Go Near Them’

A hospital worker in Anantnag fears for her health and the safety of her family amid India's COVID crisis.

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh: ‘Our Supervisors Tell Us Not to Take the Vaccine. They Tell us That the Injection Will Kill Us.’

In India, 90% of sanitation workers lack health insurance, putting them at increased risk if they were to fall ill and lack access to health care.

Pune, Maharashtra: A Haze of Delirium and Rumors of a Medical Hoax

It is 10 p.m. and the city of Pune echoes with the wail of ambulance sirens. Medical staff are losing both patients and hope. A mother and daughter fight to keep their bond.
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Introduction

In April, the trend line of COVID-19 cases reported in India started rising so steeply that it looked vertical. Like elsewhere around the world, the pandemic has not been an equalizer in India. It has…
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‘It Is Like I Am Being Strangled’

For transgender people across the India, the state-imposed lockdown restrictions and curfews can mean being trapped in hostile homes and without access to the community, medical care and mental-health services that they depend on for…
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New Delhi: ‘We Keep Our Pain Buried In Our Hearts To Serve People’

Health care workers in India are fighting the pandemic with all might and massive challenges. A health care worker in New Delhi shares her struggle.

Uttar Pradesh: ‘Our First Duty Is To Save Lives’

Health care workers on the frontlines of India's COVID-19 crisis juggle personal safety with a sense of obligation to protect their communities.

Namakkal, Tamil Nadu: ‘When Will This End?’

A 30-year-old construction laborer and single mother of two children struggles to find stable work, jostling between multiple jobs in order to feed her family.

Gangyasar, Rajasthan: ‘I Have Been Battling Renal Failure So I Thought This Was Easy’

Three women in India share their experience battling severe illness — and COVID-19.
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Goa: ‘Even If We Register, I Don’t Think There Are Enough Vaccines to Go Around’

The broader availability of the COVID-19 vaccine isn't sparking optimism for an employee of an international hotel chain in Goa, who is struggling to sign up for the shot and fears further threats to her…
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Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir: ‘I Cannot Afford To Sit At Home Even For A Day’

A woman who's sold fish for decades as part of Kashmir's fishing community grapples with the grip of COVID-19 in India.

‘I Once Fell Unconscious Due To The Stress. I Had To Do It All On My Own.’

A young law school student in India considers placing her dreams on hold as she tries to balance the responsibility of having to care for sick family members, managing a household, and pursuing her education.

New Delhi: ‘ In A Situation Of Life Or Death, This Was My Only Option.’

Women in India are turning to the black market to source life-saving COVID-19 supplies for their family members.

Garbhe, Madhya Pradesh: ‘My Wife Was So Brave. She Looked At Me And Said There’s No Need To Worry Now.’

In response to the pandemic’s devastating second wave, medical resources—like ambulances—are getting diverted to COVID-stricken towns, complicating care for pregnant women in rural parts of India.
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