Why can’t Pakistan eradicate polio?

After a four month hiatus, Pakistan is set to restart its polio vaccination drive in the highest-risk regions in the country. Health officials aim to vaccinate over 800,000 children over five days in the districts of Karachi, Quetta, Faisalabad, Attock and South Waziristan. The vaccination drive will start initially in these areas where the polioContinue reading “Why can’t Pakistan eradicate polio?”

Death by disease or starvation: Bangladesh’s garment workers are struggling to survive

As the western world battles a pandemic, the struggle to survive in Bangladesh is more connected than is initially apparent. Though the death rate is climbing steadily – currently standing at 1,012 at the time of writing – the prevailing concern is one of economics rather than healthcare provision. In fact, as a developing country,Continue reading “Death by disease or starvation: Bangladesh’s garment workers are struggling to survive”

Kerala: India’s unsung hero on the coronavirus outbreak

To the casual observer, Kerala’s clash with coronavirus started on the 27th of January when three Indian students returning from Wuhan tested positive for Covid-19. In actual fact, the story of Kerala’s much envied response to the pandemic starts a whole two years earlier.  It was from the lessons learnt during the Nipah outbreak inContinue reading “Kerala: India’s unsung hero on the coronavirus outbreak”

Why are there so few coronavirus deaths in India?

South Asia is one of the world’s most densely populated regions and thought to be highly vulnerable to any large scale outbreak. India has a population of 1.3 billion and has seen around 3,000 deaths from 100,000 cases. In comparison, the USA has witnessed over 88,000 deaths from almost 1.5 million cases and that inContinue reading “Why are there so few coronavirus deaths in India?”

15-year old girl cycles 1200km home with disabled father

Fifteen-year-old, Jyoti Kumari, cycles 745 miles home with disabled father on bike as India’s national lockdown measures ban all “non essential” travel. As with millions of other newly unemployed migrant workers, Jyoti and her father found themselves with no income amongst the coronavirus lockdown. With rent still needing to be paid, the two were leftContinue reading “15-year old girl cycles 1200km home with disabled father”

India’s Migrant Workers Begin Heading Home as Coronavirus Lockdown Eases

Indian migrant workers begin heading home as the government eases restrictions on travel form the nationwide lockdown. Migrant workers who’ve sought out work outside their home states have been stranded since March 24th as the closure of transport links, shops and businesses has left them without money or food and no way of returning home. Continue reading “India’s Migrant Workers Begin Heading Home as Coronavirus Lockdown Eases”

India showers its hospitals with flowers in an empty gesture

The Indian armed forces put on a show by showering hospitals with flower petals to thank doctors, nurses and emergency service workers who have been at the forefront of the country’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The Indian Navy formed a human chain to spell: “Indian Navy salutes corona warriors.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra ModiContinue reading “India showers its hospitals with flowers in an empty gesture”

Dharavi slum: a ticking bomb for COVID-19

A man bathes in the Dharavi slum during the government-imposed nationwide lockdown. The slum is home to an estimated one million people and is a ticking time bomb for coronavirus. With only a handful of people tested so far in the country’s biggest slum, fears are growing that “Mission Dharavi” – a term coined byContinue reading “Dharavi slum: a ticking bomb for COVID-19”

Sri Lanka’s tea pickers toil on amid lockdown

Sri Lankan police have enforced a strict lockdown since March, however, there is an exception to the rule. Tea and plantation workers have been permitted to work in any district, threatening the lives of the impoverished in these sectors. Tea plantation workers have been forced to buy or make their own masks but for manyContinue reading “Sri Lanka’s tea pickers toil on amid lockdown”