International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part A (2020)
A functional assessment of rural ICDS projects in particular district
Author(s): Dr. Palle Lokhnath Reddy and Dr. B Nagendra Naidu
Abstract: In the present study, most of the AWCs cover the population of more than 1000 and majority of the centres had a pucca building. More than 2/3rds of AWCs do not have electricity supply. Functional sanitary latrine is absent in more than a quarter of AWCs and 40% of the centres do not have safe water supply with in the premises. More than half of the AWCs do not have separate kitchen.Supplementary nutrition is available in all the Anganwadi centers.Non availability of IFA tablets and Vitamin A syrup in many AWCs is a matter of concern.Other logistics like essential medicines, pre-school education kits, growth cards, weighing scale, etc are present in almost all the Anganwadi centers.Activities like weighing, immunization, health check-ups, organization of village health and nutrition days are being done regularly.The majority of the AWWs are in the age group of 30 to 49 years.Almost all of them have completed 10th class and above.More than half of them belong to Lower middle socio-economic class.Maximum number of workers have experience of 10 years or more.All the AWWs in our study have knowledge of 50% and above with a majority scoring 61% to 80%.Best knowledge is seen regarding immunization followed by referral services.Least knowledge is seen regarding supplementary nutrition.Major problems reported were inadequate honorarium, excess work and record maintenance.