Vol. 2, Issue 8 (2015)
Knowledge of Anganwadi Worker about Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS): A Study of Urban Blocks in Ahmedabad District of Gujarat
Author(s): Mitin Parmar, Shashank Patel, Saurabh Rathod, Nilesh Patel, Kartik Ninama
Abstract: Background: Most of the evaluation study concentrated on the nutritional and health status of the beneficiaries of ICDS. Less focus has been shifted over to assess the knowledge and awareness among AWW regarding recommended ICDS programmes, who are actually the main resource person. The key objective of the present study is to assess the correct knowledge among Anganwadi Worker about Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).rnMethods: The sample for the present study comprises of 30 Anganwadi workers belonging to three Urban Blocks of Ahmedabad District. Twenty six knowledge indicators are considered to estimate the mean knowledge score related to six domains of ICDS services. If the response is correct then it is coded as 1 or else equal to 0.rnResults: The mean knowledge score about various ICDS services is about 12.83, and the individual score ranging from minimum of 7 to maximum of 19. rnConclusions: Frequent interactions among Anganwadi workers and supervisors should be introduced for imparting information and awareness. Though Government of India putting lot of money to enhance the health status of both mother and children through AWCs, the results suggest to relook the operational aspects of AWCs at the grass root level.