Meri Asha: Kiran Di and the ASHAs of Nanakpur

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Varshini Cherukupalli and Manisha Bhatia are third-year medical students at Northwestern University and Texas Tech University. Here they share their perspectives working for the last two years on a global health research project with Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA’s) in Nanakpur, India. As the lead community health worker in the rural area of Nanakpur, Haryana, India, Kiran Didi is irreplaceable. She devotes herself to her community by assisting in antenatal care, tending to newborns, and providing preventative health services to families. At the end of her busy days, she comes home to take care of her own family and household

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Meri Asha: Kiran Di and the ASHAs of Nanakpur