Update on the ASHA Programme July 2015

ASHA-2015-3National Health Mission - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India.

This issue is the twelfth in the series of bi-annual ASHA updates. It is produced by the National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) for the National Health Mission (NHM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The objective of the ASHA update is to report on programme progress, provide information on key events and other relevant information related to the ASHA and Community Processes programme that have taken place in the last six months since the last update. This Update Covers the period between January 2015 and June 2015.

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Analysing the opportunities and challenges ASHAs face in realising their multiple roles

blinking new   Globally, there is increasing interest in community health worker’s (CHW) performance; however, there are gaps in the evidence with respect to CHWs’ role in community participation and empowerment. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), whose roles include social activism, are the key cadre in India’s CHW programme which is designed to improve maternal and child health. In a diverse country like India, there is a need to understand how the ASHA programme operates in different underserved Indian contexts, such as rural Manipur.

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What Motivates Community Health Workers?

What Motivates Community Health Workers? Designing Programs that Incentivize Community Health Worker Performance and Retention. - By Dr. Rebecca Furth - This is the eleventh chapter of the CHW Reference Guide produced under the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, the United States Agency for International Development Bureau for Global Health’s flagship maternal, neonatal and child health project.

Policy makers, program managers, and donors are frequently preoccupied by the question of what incentives to provide CHWs to keep them motivated and performing.  It’s no wonder, as many workers need compensation to do their work and incentives can have major implications for program costs and sustainability. Experience shows that lack of or inappropriate incentives are a common problem in CHW programs that frequently contribute to demotivation and turnover. However, the answer to the question, “What is the right amount to provide CHWs?” is not an easy one.

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