Active role in Promoting Maternal and Child Health

Sarita Khare found her employment as an ASHA worker two years back in Indira Colony, Pathariya block, Damoh District, Madhya Pradesh but was overwhelmed how she would cover a population of 750 people.  Having to take care of her two small children as well as complete house visits became a challenge. She did not know how to counsel pregnant women and parents of malnourished children and so she did not participate in the Village Health and Nutrition Day (VHND). Observing Sarita’s challenge, EFICOR’s Cluster Supervisor, Savitha Rajput explained to her about her role, informing her about the government incentives for referring pregnant women for hospital delivery and even helped her with the counseling.  Sarita went along with Savitha and observed how to counsel pregnant women with the help of our flipbook. Having developed her skill,  Sarita began counseling pregnant and nursing mothers and parents of malnourished children, all by herself.  Villagers in the Indira Block are accessing government health facilities and participating in the VHND Day because of Sarita Khare’s active role in promoting maternal and child health.

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