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
Published: May 25, 2022
Elderly vaccination

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  • Mothers of Mercy: Life of ASHA workers during the pandemic
  • ASHA worker
  • Healthcare workers
  • Vaccine
  • ASHA Geeta Chaudry
  • Asha Worker Matilda Kullu
  • Covishield vaccine
  • Vaccine boxes
  • Asha workers Staff
  • Elderly vaccination
  • ASHA Worker Sunitha K N
  • awareness campaign and surveys
  • door-to-door survey
  • Polio drops
  • ASHA and Anganwadi workers protest

A health worker stretches herself to vaccinate an elderly woman through the car’s window at a drive-in vaccination program in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Kolkata on June 4, 2021. Dozens of health workers died during the pandemic after exposure to the coronavirus, in part because they lacked protective gear. One study of three Indian states by public health researchers at Oxfam in 2020 found that at least 25 percent of the health workers received no masks, and only 62 percent received gloves.