COVID

Audio podcast: ‘Sex workers’ bodies are viewed as currency, even for medicines’
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Ashraf Engineer May 4, 2022 Healthcare is crucial for sex workers, exposed as they are to poverty and sexually-transmitted diseases. Recent reportage by journalist Shalini Singh, for the People’s Archive of Rural India, revealed that sex workers in Delhi are...
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Audio podcast: ‘COVID changed crowdfunding in India’
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Ashraf Engineer April 6, 2022 At a time when the underprivileged are suffering the most because of the economic impact of the pandemic, when credit remains tough to get and when monetary pipelines are squeezed, can crowdfunding fill the vacuum?...
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Audio podcast: Across low- and middle-income nations, COVID-19 hurt women and children the most
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Ashraf Engineer September 29, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic was most devastating for women, children and adolescents, especially in low and middle-income countries. And these experiences were similar across these regions. Poor mental health, disruptions to education, loss of income and...
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Audio podcast: How the pandemic widened the wealth chasm
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Ashraf Engineer July 17, 2021 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer The maxim that a pandemic affects everyone, but doesn’t affect everyone equally couldn’t be more true. And it couldn’t get starker than it did...
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Audio podcast: India’s COVID orphans
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Ashraf Engineer June 5, 2021 PODCAST TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. COVID-19 has devastated families across the country, orphaning hundreds of children. Roughly 27% of India’s population is under 14 years of age...
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Audio podcast: Failure after failure on the vaccine front
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Ashraf Engineer June 2, 2o21 The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer is facing a deadly shortage of COVID-19 doses. From planning to procurement and pricing, everything went wrong. Murali Neelakantan, a former global general counsel for pharma heavyweights who has worked...
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Audio podcast: How India messed up its vaccine strategy
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Ashraf Engineer May 22, 2021 PODCAST TRANSCRIPT Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. It would be comical if it wasn’t so tragic that the Narendra Modi government opened up COVID-19 vaccinations for roughly 960 million...
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Audio podcast: Amid under-reporting of cases, India gasps for breath
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Ashraf Engineer May 1, 2021 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. At the time of making this episode, India had reported 18 million cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year. As if that wasn’t...
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Audio podcast: COVID second wave – government checks out, citizens check in
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Ashraf Engineer April 24, 2021 Podcast transcript Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. As I record this episode, India is in the midst of the devastating second wave of COVID-19. The healthcare system has collapsed....
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Audio podcast: Why India is struggling with a COVID vaccine shortage
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Ashraf Engineer April 17, 2021 Hello and welcome to All Indians Matter. I am Ashraf Engineer. We are well and truly in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19. From roughly 11,000 new cases every day in February, India...
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