Mothers of Mercy: Life of ASHA workers during the pandemic
World Health Organisation (WHO) recently honoured ASHA volunteers for their crucial role in the pandemic. Here's a tribute to India's one million, all-women ASHA volunteers who, through the pandemic, knocked on the doors of cramped urban jhuggis and isolated rural villages on foot to educate, vaccinate, and save lives as if they were their own
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Reena Jani, 34, an ASHA worker from Pendajam village in Koraput, Odisha prepares to travel to Mathalput Community Health Centre to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease on January 16, 2021. As an ASHA worker, Jani helps monitor pregnant women in her village of 500 people. Her duties also include helping with malaria tests and administering basic medication for fever and diarrhoea. The main breadwinner for her family of five, Jani draws a monthly salary of Rs 3,000, helping put her two daughters and one son through school.