ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists)

In this article we will discuss ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists)

In this article, we will discuss ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists). So, let’s get started.

ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists)

  • ASHA is a social health activist in the age group of 25-45 years who serves as the first point of contact to cater any health-related requirements of deprived sections of the rural population including women and children, who pose a difficulty in accessing the health services.
  • An ASHA worker comes from the same village where she works. It ensures a sense of familiarity, better community connection and acceptance.
  • Generally, there is “1 ASHA per 1000 population”. However, this norm can be relaxed in tribal, hilly and desert areas to “1 ASHA per habitation” depending upon the workload.
  • The purpose of having ‘activist’ in ‘ASHA’ is to reflect that they are the community’s representative in the health system, and not the lowest-rung government functionary in the community (as was the perception with the erstwhile Community Health Volunteer).

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