Superheros: battling at the frontline in the time of crisis
NWMI member Maitri Porecha was awarded First Prize for best article at the 2020 awards of The Press Institute of India (PII), Chennai, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), New Delhi.
Her article, ‘Caught in crossfire: Martyred foot soldiers of India’s war against TB’, published in The Hindu BusinessLine, looked at the lives of sweepers, ward attendants, cooks, security personnel, among frontline workers in Asia’s largest TB facilities.
Jigyasa Mishra and NWMI’s Varsha Torgalkar were jointly awarded the second prize — Jigyasha for her article, ‘Footprints of protest in the sands of mine’ in the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) website and NWMI’s Varsha Torgalkar for her piece, ‘Sanitation workers on the frontlines of the pandemic are overlooked, unprotected’, for The Swaddle.
Menaka Rao received third prize for her article, ‘We will die doing our duty: How ASHAs are battling coronavirus without safety gear or training’ published on the Newslaundry website.
The jury members for the 2020 award entries were: Ranjita Biswas, Jaya Shreedhar, Krishnan and Manjira Majumdar.