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

In Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, 55-year-old Gyanwati Devi quickly stops by the home of her supervisor in the evening to collect medicines. Earlier in the day, she visited 50 village households for a survey…

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’

Taramani Devi, 43, has been infected with coronavirus three times—and recovered from it three times—while battling kidney failure. The last time she was infected COVID-19, it was two days after she had undergone a surgery…

Goa: ‘Even If We Register, I Don’t Think There Are Enough Vaccines to Go Around’

After a 3-day partial lockdown, the state is back to business with “restrictions.”  Casinos are closed until May 10, hotels remain open as there is no ban on tourists and restaurants are open with 50%…

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.
A photo of a woman receiving an injection

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…
A photo of three Indian women selling fish

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.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu: ‘What Has to Happen Will Happen’

It’s noon and Asha Mutha, 53, has just finished cooking lunch. She wipes the sweat off her forehead, pushes the thick frames of her spectacles up the bridge of her nose, and tucks the pink…

Nagpur, Maharashtra: ‘We Are Carrying A Massive Guilt’

Preeti Namjoshi, a 26-year-old resident doctor in the final days of her three-year masters’ degree in internal medicine, was supposed to be preparing for final exams right now. Instead she finds herself struggling to assist…

Panaji, Goa: ‘They Haven’t Called Me Back’

At the Panjim Market in Goa, local vendors like Tulsi, 55, seem unconcerned about the second wave. Sitting on an elevated platform under the soaring roof of the market, she’s surrounded by piles of mangoes…

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: ‘You Keep Questioning Yourself’

Surbhi Das began to feel that India was losing control of COVID earlier this month when seven of her colleagues and three patients tested positive for the virus. She worked in the COVID ward of…

New Delhi: ‘That 22-Year-Old Priya on Instagram’

On April 18, as India’s national capital was running out of hospital beds, and Twitter was flooded with #SOSDelhi tweets that would soon become familiar, college freshman Anuradha Malik, 18,  saw an Instagram story linking to a…

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

On the afternoon of April 6, Pramila Devi Kol, 26, went into labor. Her husband, Sajjan Kumar Kol, dialed the emergency helpline 108 to call an ambulance to get her to the hospital in time…

‘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.

New Delhi: ‘That 22-Year-Old Priya on Instagram’

Feeling compelled to do something, young people are springing up social media groups to swap leads on oxygen cylinders and other health care needs during India's COVID crisis.
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