Understanding the roles of community health workers in improving perinatal health equity in rural Uttar Pradesh, India: A Qualitative Study

Despite substantial reductions in perinatal deaths, India’s
perinatal mortality rates remain high. Rates are highest among disadvantaged socio-economic groups. To address this, India’s National Health Mission has trained ASHAs to counsel and support women by visiting them at home before and after childbirth. A qualitative study was conducted to explore the roles of ASHAs’ home visits in improving equity in perinatal health between socio-economic position groups in rural Uttar Pradesh, India.

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Cluster Meeting Capacity Building Intervention to achieve RMNCHN outcomes in Uttar Pradesh

Cluster Meeting Capacity Building Intervention has been designed to build competencies of ASHAs through ASHA Sanginis, who provide mentoring on a day-to-day basis. A customised cluster module was developed to train the ASHA Sanginis as facilitators to enhance knowledge and skills of ASHAs to achieve improved reproductive, maternal, child health and nutrition (RMNCHN) outcomes.

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Leveraging cluster meetings for capacity building of ASHAs

Cluster modules are short interactive case studies which are administered during the cluster meetings at grassroots to deliver focussed information on family planning. They have contributed immensely in building capacities of Block Community Process Managers, ASHA Sanginis and RMNCH+A counsellors across Uttar Pradesh, in disseminating Family Planning messages effectively in community.

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Improving Knowledge and Skills of ASHAs: Using Job Aids to Support the Management of Sick Under-Five Children

IHAT conducted trainings with ASHAs to improve their ability to recognise danger signs and manage possible severe bacterial infection, pneumonia and diarrhoea at the community level. This brief highlights usage of job aids to improve skills and knowledge of ASHAs to support management of sick under-five children.

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