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Over three-fourth of workers lost their livelihoods since lockdown, finds ActionAid India's national survey of informal labourers

ActionAid Association's (AAA) national level survey among people dependent on the informal economy during the third phase of the national lockdown towards the end of May 2020 (i.e. between May 14th and May 22nd, 2020) has documented the "nature and extent of the transitions in the lives and livelihoods of informal workers, including migrant workers, during the pandemic and provide[s] an insight into the precarity they experience and the coping...

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COVID-19 will lead to 6.7 million additional ‘wasted’ children, say global bodies -Jagriti Chandra

-The Hindu Scale-up detection, expand nutrition coverage: UNICEF, FAO, WFP, WHO The global prevalence of child wasting — lower weight for height — in 2020 could rise by 14.3%, translating into an additional 6.7 million children under the age of five suffering from it as the pandemic resulted in disruption of food systems and impeded Access to Healthcare services, according to a new study published in The Lancet on Tuesday. Wasting is a...

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Coronavirus: Indian labourers in GCC countries are in dire need of help, say experts -Varghese K George

-The Hindu They are at the bottom of the pyramid and have little Access to Healthcare, say migration experts S. Irudaya Rajan and Ginu Zacharaia Oommen. Migrants labourers have been among the worst hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most Indian migrants in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are at the bottom of the pyramid in their host countries. Infected in large numbers, and with limited Access to Healthcare, that is...

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Health activists in Karnataka oppose NITI Aayog proposal on district hospitals -Afshan Yasmeen

-The Hindu Bengaluru: The NITI Aayog proposal to hand over district hospitals with 750 beds to private medical colleges, citing the public-private-partnership (PPP) arrangements in Karnataka and Gujarat, has come under severe criticism from health activists and doctors, who feel it will further compromise quality and Access to Healthcare, mainly for the poor. They have demanded that the move be dropped without further consultation. The Centre’s top think tank recently released for...

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In Muzaffarpur, AES is a grim reaper that stalks poor children -Ayush Tiwari

-Newslaundry.com Affected families have much in common: low social status, low income, poor Access to Healthcare, and the non-existent reach of government schemes The countryside in Bihar’s north-western region of Tirhut is in full bloom at this time of the year. One is constantly in the vicinity of mango trees and litchi orchards and a good portion of agricultural land seems fallow. The sun is excessively punishing but it does little to...

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