Knowledge Level of Swasthya Sakhis about Maternal and Newborn Healthcare in Selected Gram Panchayats, of Shahgarh and Amethi Blocks of Uttar Pradesh
Agency : Rajiv Gandhi MahilaVikas Pariyojana, Swasthya Sakhis, Knowledge level, maternal and newborn healthcare, Self Help Group
To assess the
knowledge level of SHG level Samooh Swasthya Sakhis, about Maternal and Newborn
To find out the gaps in knowledge regarding
maternal and newborn healthcare among the respondents.
To find out feasible solutions for these gaps.
Background : With
21% of annual birth cohort, the state of UttarPradesh (UP) has a
disproportionate 25% of neonatal deaths and 35% of maternal deaths in the
country (almost 8% of the global burden). Poor mothers and families are likely
to face financial hurdles due to inaccessibility of credit during health
government infrastructure is very weakly equipped and inadequate to provide
quality services to the population. The Self-Help Group (SHG) model that Rajiv
Gandhi MahilaVikasPariyojana (RGMVP) promotes is a promising institutionalized
and scalable demand-side social platform or operating system for scaling up
family health interventions.
Methodology : Study area comprised
of 2 blocks of C.S.M districtnamely Amethi and shahgarh block. In
Amethi Block 4 Gram Panchayats were selected namely SaraiKhema, TrilokPur, Tala
and Ramnagar. In shahgarh block, 4 Gram Panchayats were selected namely
Paniyar, Jalama, Paliya and Tarsada.By purposive sampling, 10 SHG level
swasthyaSakhis were selected from each of these 8 Gram panchayats, comprising
of a total sample size of 80. Primary quantitative and qualitative data was
collected with the help of a structured questionnaire which was based on
various aspects of maternal and newborn care. Questionnaire was in Hindi.
Questionnaire was provided to respondents. They filled it with the best of
their knowledge. After collection, data was analyzed using Microsoft Excel.
Findings : Not Available
Recommendations : The
knowledge of respondents in respect tomaternal and newborn healthcare
issues is impressive, especially on topics like immunization, maternal and newborn
nutrition, personal hygiene, preparedness before delivery in hospital and at
home, importance of IFA tablets, colostrums feeding, and ORS administration at
the time of diarrhea. On these topics, majority of the respondents gave correct
To assess the knowledge level of SHG level Samooh Swasthya Sakhis, about Maternal and Newborn healthcare