Abstract of Dissertation

Keyword : Anaganwadi worker, Growth Monitoring, Electronic Weighing Machine, knowledge of AWW

Objective : The key objective of the study is to assess the current knowledge among Anganwadi Workers on growth monitoring of children enrolled in Anganwadi center and counseling of beneficiaries

Background : Growth monitoring consists of routine measurements to detect abnormal growth, combined with some action when this is detected. It aims to improve nutrition, reduce the risk of death or inadequate nutrition, help educate carers, and lead to early referral for conditions manifest by growth disorders. As Anganwadi Worker invest time in this activity, evidence for its benefits and harms was sort. Growth monitoring is one of the important function of AWWs, for which they should be sufficiently trained. Growth monitoring has unique and as yet, incompletely applied potential for promotion of child health and nutrition and is an educative tool for the mother with regard to child feeding, appropriate response to illness and an understanding of the various factors which play a role in growth and development of the child by the AWWs .

Methodology : Descriptive Cross sectional study with convenient sampling was undertaken. Structured questionnaires were prepared addressing the objectives of the study and face-face interviews with AWWs were conducted.

Findings : The study findings highlight that 100% of AWWs having the knowledge regarding the services provided under ICDS at AWC. In terms of knowledge regarding the weight gain by the children 67% of AWWs don’t have proper idea and knowledge. 75% of AWW don’t know how to use the electronic weighing machine to weight the children even after the training. Depending on response to question regarding the growth chart 87 % of AWW know the importance of growth chart and the colour difference provided in growth chart and for what colour code stand for. Almost 91% of Anganwadi worker don’t know how to use the MUAC tape. All the AWWs Requirement of refreher training of all AWWs regarding the ideal weight gain of children at specific age. Proper re-orientation of Electronic Weighing Machine at SEJA level or Block level of AWW required. This can be done by providing training hierchically, ie, training of supervisors, block co-ordinators and CDPOs at block level who can further train the AWWs.