NRHM Initiatives / ASHA-Accredited Social Health Activist
ASHA-Accredited Social Health Activist
In implementing NRHM Initiations, the sub-centre is the peripheral level of contact with the community under the public health infrastructure. It caters to a large population of 5000. The ANM is overworked, which impacts upon outreach services in rural areas.
To complement the work of ANM, ASHA (the Accredited Social Health Activist) is selected through a selection process to fill the gaps in the health care delivery system. She is a volunteer who acts as a bridge between the community and the available health care system. The ASHA strengthens the link between health sector and community. She is working towards catalyzing behavioral change in rural and tribal areas of the state. ASHA is contributing towards enhancing quality of life with focus on health nutrition, sanitation, drinking water etc. The village health and sanitation committee will oversee monitoring and support ASHA.
In our State the trained ASHAs are currently doing their job and they have assisted over 72000 JSY beneficiaries. Further, they are motivating women for sterilization and immunization of children. They are also being utilized for motivating people for household toilets in the villages.