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Good intentions are not enough
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  • Good intentions are not enough
    In an effort to ‘bring change’ to a school, a young professional fails to consider the perspectives of one of the most important stakeholders—its teachers.

    COVID-19 is just another problem in Palghar, Maharashtra
    Despite having the highest positivity rate in Maharashtra, Palghar’s Adivasi communities are sceptical about testing and vaccinations. Given existing challenges like poverty and malnourishment, the virus is not worth additional attention.

    The impact of COVID-19 on rural Andhra Pradesh
    Vaccine hesitancy, myths, and misinformation around COVID-19 are leading to widespread infection in towns and villages in Andhra Pradesh.


    COVID-19 is just another problem in Palghar, Maharashtra
    Despite having the highest positivity rate in Maharashtra, Palghar’s Adivasi communities are sceptical about testing and vaccinations. Given existing challenges like poverty and malnourishment, the virus is not worth additional attention.

    The impact of COVID-19 on rural Andhra Pradesh
    Vaccine hesitancy, myths, and misinformation around COVID-19 are leading to widespread infection in towns and villages in Andhra Pradesh.

    No second wave of COVID-19 in Mumbai’s Shivaji Nagar?
    Fatigue, despair, and deep mistrust in the system is creating vaccine hesitancy among the people of Shivaji Nagar, one of Mumbai's most underdeveloped neighbourhoods

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