ASHA workers who form the backbone of the country’s community health system are angry. Overworked, underpaid, discriminated and disrespected, especially during Covid-19, ASHA workers are fighting a daily battle to work with dignity and get paid adequately and on time, while putting their lives on the line. The third episode of Local Diaries focuses on the work and the working conditions of nearly 10 lakh frontline health workers, all of whom are women. We draw from the national survey on ASHAs conducted by Behanbox in May, testimonies of ASHA workers across the country, and our own reporting in Uttar Pradesh to tell you the story of the toughest job in the country today in the face of a raging pandemic, frequent lockdowns, and an economy in recession.

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