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As heat waves sweep South Asia, they take a hidden toll on women

South Asia has endured an unprecedented heat wave, with March seeing the hottest temperatures on record in India. Evidence suggests the heat is landing a cruel double blow on women’s income and health.

Reporter’s Notebook: Indoor air in India can be just as bad as the country’s toxic smog. Was I wrong to be surprised?

India's polluted skylines regularly make international news. But it’s only now coming to light that air quality inside homes, which mainly affects women in the kitchen, can be just as bad.

Air pollution is worsening reproductive health outcomes for women

Even though the evidence is clear, public health experts say that air pollution’s impact on women's health is not getting the attention it needs.

Early puberty cases have surged during covid, doctors say

Doctors, parents and studies are reporting a rise in such cases, with some children getting their periods as young as 8.

India’s investments in early warning systems have unintended benefits for women

Men in fishing communities were mostly expected to reap the benefits after India started investing in early weather warning systems a decade ago. But government data suggests that women got an unforeseen an economic boost…

In rural India, stricken by pandemic, necessity of invention fills in for the state: Reporter’s Notebook

Decades of neglecting rural health infrastructure took its toll and by May 7, the infections and deaths in India were being reported from its villages, a "worrying” trend considering the acute shortage of healthcare providers…

India is building a women-only social safety net

Political parties across India have promised a host of new social programs exclusively for women. Is it politics or progress?

In the Sundarban, climate change has an unlikely effect — on child sex-trafficking

Child trafficking is on the rise in one of the most climate vulnerable places on earth—revealing blind spots in climate policy, experts tell contributor Ritwika Mitra.

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.

Indians in America Share Stories of Grief, Fear for 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 for those loved ones across the world.

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.

‘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…

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.

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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